Darshan is also a brand ambassador of the Mysuru Zoo.
Influenced by his interactions with horse riders during his youth, he views horses as exemplars of loyalty, even comparing them to dogs.
Kannada superstar Darshan Thoogudeepa is renowned for his profound love for animals, a passion that has characterized his life from childhood. His commitment extends beyond mere admiration, as he actively contributes to animal welfare initiatives, including generous donations to zoos for the welfare of captive animals. As the brand ambassador of the Karnataka Forest Department and Mysuru Zoo, he leverages his influence to advocate for wildlife conservation.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Darshan’s dedication to animal welfare remained steadfast. He mobilized funds for zoos and encouraged his followers to adopt animals, reflecting his enduring commitment to their well-being. His brother, Dinakar Thoogudeepa, has attested to Darshan’s lifelong affinity for animals, tracing back to his childhood days of nurturing small birds purchased with his savings.
At his Mysuru farmhouse, Darshan’s compassion for animals manifests in tangible ways. He graciously receives animals and birds brought by fans, providing them with care and sanctuary. His farm resembles a miniature zoo, housing a diverse array of creatures, from rare black swans, Emus, and Ostriches to various breeds of cows, bulls, and even horses.
Darshan’s affection for horses, in particular, is profound. Influenced by his interactions with horseriders during his youth, he views horses as exemplars of loyalty, even comparing them favourably to dogs. His white horse, meticulously maintained, holds a place of honour, especially during the Sankranthi festival, where it is reverently worshipped alongside other animals on the farm.
On World Wildlife Day, Darshan used his platform to advocate for wildlife conservation, urging people to appreciate and protect nature’s treasures. His tweet emphasized the importance of preserving wildlife, promoting a message of coexistence and responsible stewardship.
Want to shoot animals?…use cameras! Wildlife: Save it to cherish or leave it to perish Nature is a treasure save it for pleasure think good to wildlife, be good to wildlife and do good to wildlife#WorldWildlifeDay pic.twitter.com/txbNLOWHF8— Darshan Thoogudeepa (@dasadarshan) March 3, 2022
In his professional endeavours, Darshan is set to enthral audiences once again with his upcoming movie, Devil: The Hero, slated for release. The anticipation surrounding the film is palpable, with the first look teaser scheduled for release on Darshan’s birthday, February 16th.