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Running barefoot and climbing trees, Pamela Gale Malhotra spent every moment of her childhood in the woods. Rooted in the spiritual culture of her Native American heritage, her ‘love affair’ with Nature coincided with her lifelong journey with her beloved husband, Anil. A graduate of Colorado State University, Pamela worked with a major pharmaceutical company before training in natural healing methods.
Pamela’s love of Nature has impacted everything she has done, the sanctity of Creation coupled with respect and devotion for the Creator being the key tenets she and Anil shared. Both enjoyed exploring wild places whenever they could, creating their first wildlife sanctuary on the Big Island of Hawaii. Eventually shifting to India, they established a model
private wildlife sanctuary in Kodagu, Karnataka, with hundreds of acres of reclaimed, rewilded and preserved forests under their protection. The
sanctuary was the fulfilment of Pamela’s childhood dream, with Anil transforming that dream into reality. They also founded the non-profit charitable trust SAI (Save Animals Initiative) Sanctuary Trust to promote their cause. For more information, please visit www.saisanctuary.com.
Over the years, Pamela’s environmental work and her efforts for women’s empowerment have been recognized globally. She has received awards like India’s Nari Shakti Puraskar (2017); Karnataka State’s Environment and Conservation Award (2017-18); the International Institute for Peace through Tourism Women’s Empowerment Award (2015); TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Initiative (2014); lifetime achievement awards from Cauvery College and Kolkata’s International Wildlife and Environment Film Festival (2016); Animal Activist in Defense of Animals award (2016); Indian Confederation of NGOs Karmaveer Noble Laureates (2008 and 2019); the Ramnath Goenka Social Service Award (2016); the Dharma Seva Trust Award (2016); and the Giraffe Heroes award (2021).
Pamela’s goal is to inspire others to join the mission of protecting Mother Nature and rewilding the Earth for the benefit of the present and future generations.