|Full Name||MD. Zabi Khan India Today|
|Profession||Animal Rights Activist|
|Famous For||Protecting and rehabilitating abandoned animals|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 170 cm
in meters– 1.70 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 7”
|Hair Colour||Black (Dyed Blonde)|
|Debut||TV: MTV Roadies Revolution (2020)
|Awards, Honours, Achievements||• Ashoka Youth Venturer (2017)
• Rise Young Citizen (2017)
• National Youth Icon for Humility (2018)
• The Pride of Telangana Award (2018)
• V-Award, an initiative by the UN Volunteers India (2019)
• He was awarded as one of the best volunteer in India by the United Nations and the Minister of Youth affairs and sports, Kiren Rijiju, on December 5 on the occasion of International Volunteers Day (2020)
|Date of Birth||11 June 1997 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2020)||23 Years|
|Birthplace||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Hometown||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|College/University||KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology (KGRCET), Hyderabad|
|Educational Qualification||Graduate in Computer Science Stumagz.com|
|Relationships & More|
Sister– Shumaila Syed
|Singer(s)||Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Auburn|
|Film(s)||Ghost Rider (2007), Twilight (2008)|
|TV Show(s)||Bigg Boss, MTV Roadies|
|Book||The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Zabi Khan
- Zabi Khan is an Indian animal rights activist. He is the founder of the NGO “A Place to Bark.”
- He was born in a middle-class family in Hyderabad.
- At the age of 13, Zabi spotted an abandoned puppy on a street. He tried to locate his owners, and when he couldn’t, he took the puppy to his home. He named the puppy Casanova.
- The puppy fell sick and subsequently, passed away. During an interview, while sharing the incident, Zabi said,
He fell sick two days later. My father and I took him to a doctor, but Casanova passed away that night. The doctor had told my father that he had a severe bacterial infection — it was probably the reason he was abandoned. He was my first pet and I was heartbroken.”
- After losing his pet dog Casanova, Zabi promised himself that he wouldn’t let any animal suffer like his pet.
- He then started volunteering at Hyderabad’s NGOs and animal shelters.
- In 2014, he founded an NGO “A Place to Bark,” which works to rehabilitate abandoned and abused dogs.
- He opened the NGO with the support of his family in a rented place near his house.
- When Zabi was doing an engineering course, it became difficult for him to manage his NGO. Subsequently, he came up with the idea of starting a shelter for animals inside his college campus and convinced the authorities for it.
- His college, KG Reddy College of Engineering and Technology (KGRCET), Hyderabad, became India’s first animal-friendly educational campus.
- His college shelter hosts many animals like dogs, cats, rabbits, turkeys, and ducks.
- Zabi was nominated for India’s fourth-highest civilian award “Padma Shri” in 2018.
- In 2020, Zabi entered the game reality show “MTV Roadies Revolution,” as a participant to spread awareness about the protection of abandoned animals.
- Zabi’s NGO, “A Place to Bark,” organises adoption drives every 6 months. While talking about the adoption drives in an interview, Zabi said,
We recently (2018) organised a big adoption drive at Numaish, a popular event organised in the Nampally area. We managed to find people to adopt 28 desi pups in one day.”
- Khan has also joined hands with Hyderabad’s popular fashion designers to organise fashion shows centred around animal abuse.
- Zabi has kept eight abandoned dogs at his home as his pets.
- Zabi is the youngest animal rights activist in India. He has saved more than 3000 animals as of 2020.