Zoha is the Executive Director of The Bison Resort (a wildlife camp in Nagarhole National Park) and the Founder of The Backwater Sanctuary. Actively involved in her family business of safari operations, Zoha has spent most of her time in the wilderness of India & Africa. She grew up riding horses and took part in equestrian competitions at a young age. Her passion for animals and all things equine was the driving force behind this rescue initiative.



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With a degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Surrey,  Johnny, along with his brother, runs their family business of manufacturing temperature sensors. Though a corporate man by occupation, Johnny spends most of his time off at The Bison Resort, helping out at The Backwater Sanctuary and maintaining his backwater organic garden. Johnny & Zoha together have personally funded the set up of the Sanctuary and it is his undying support and push that finally got the ball rolling in this beautiful endeavour. 


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Without The Bison Resort there would be no Backwater Sanctuary. The Bison Resort has provided a foothold for the Sanctuary and allowed us the use of their land for all our grazing needs. It is with the added support of Saad Bin Jung (CEO), Ali Shaaz Jung (MD) & Sangeeta Jung (Overall Boss)  that our animal rescue efforts thus far have been successful. 



Our primary caretaker, Abhi is brilliant with the horses having worked closely with Zoha over the last year. He is now familiar with all our rescues, who trust him infinitely in return. Abhi has learned to give injections and can properly treat all wounds himself, making him an invaluable asset at the sanctuary.




The Backwater Sanctuary is an extension of The Bison Resort, located on the Kabini backwaters, over looking the beautiful Nagarhole National Park.

Our rescues love to explore the six acre property, now complete stables for all our rescues. An added acre behind the resort is solely dedicated to the Sanctuary, where our rescues have the best view in town!

With nearly a year-round supply of fresh grass, a beautiful view and a warm cozy stable to sleep in at night, we intend to make sure our animals enjoy the rest of their years utterly spoiled, infinitely loved and meticulously cared for. Everything and more to make up for the previous abuse they so unfairly faced.