Prakash Amte Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Full NamePrakash Baba Amte ProfessionSocial worker Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm in meters- 1.73 m in feet inches- 5’ 8” Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourSalt & Pepper Career Awards, Honours, Achievements 1984: Awarded Adivasi Sevak Award from the Government of Maharashtra, India 2002: Honoured with Padma Shri award by the Government of India 2008: He jointly received Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership with his wife, Mandakini Amte 2009: Awarded Godfrey Philips Lifetime Achievement Award 2012: Received Lokmanya Tilak Award Jointly with Dr. Vikas Amte (his brother) 2014: Awarded Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice Personal Life Date of Birth26 December 1948 (Sunday) Age (as in 2019) 71 Years BirthplaceAnandawana, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India Zodiac sign/Sun signCapricorn NationalityIndian HometownAnandawana, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India College/UniversityGovernment Medical College (Nagpur) Educational QualificationM.B.B.S. MS General Surgery ReligionHinduism HobbiesReading, Cycling, Listening To Radio Relationships & More Marital StatusMarried Family Wife/SpouseMandakini Amte (Doctor, Social Worker)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Prakash Amte
Prakash Amte is the son of Magsaysay awardee, Baba Amte (Social Worker).
Prakash Amte with his parents and wife
When Prakash was studying M.S., the Government of Maharashtra granted land to Lok Biradari Prakalp (a social organisation founded by his father in 1973). Prakash left his study to take the legacy of his father of social work and moved to Hemalkasa along with his family.
Lok Biradari Prakalp includes a school, a hospital, and an animal orphanage. The institution works for the development of Madia Gond, situated in Hemalkasa. Amte lived there without electricity for almost 20 years and even executed some major emergency surgeries without electricity.
Prakash Amte treating tribals
In 1995, a postage stamp was issued by the Principality of Monaco in the honour of Prakash and Mandakini.
Amte founded an animal park, Animal Ark, which is a wildlife orphanage and sanctuary. It is basically for those animals whose parents were killed by the tribal people to fulfil their need for food and not for entertainment.
The story behind opening the ‘Animal Ark’ is based on Amte’s real-life experience: Once Amte and his wife were walking through the Dandarayana forest when they had an encounter with some Gond tribals accompanied by a dead and an alive baby monkey. On being asked, the tribal group told Amte that they hunt to feed their community. Amte bartered the alive baby monkey with some rice and clothes. He named the baby monkey, Babli and that’s how Babli went on to become the first of the residents of the Animal Ark.
Today, Animal Ark shelters many wild animals like leopards, jackals, jungle cats, rhesus macaques, sloth bears, rat-tail langurs, blackbuck antelopes, four-horned antelopes, rat snakes, crocodiles, Indian pythons, etc.
Prakash Amte with leopards at Animal Ark
On being asked about the safety measures of Amte’s family, he stated that,
I have interacted with these animals for 44 years and I have felt their love and affection. Also, I am still alive.
Prakash holds great love and trust for the Adivasis of the jungles of Hemalkasa. He still continues to repair their watches and radios.
In November 2017, his license to house the wild animals got expired which he obtained in 1991. It is against the wildlife protection laws for Prakash to house the animals until the license gets renewed.
In 2018, he appeared in the game reality show, Kaun Banega Crorepati along with his wife.
Prakashvata which means Pathways to Light is Prakash Amte’s autobiography. He has also authored the book, Raanmitra (Jungle Friends), in which he has shared his experiences with his “wild friends.”