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Resolution Health adopts Cheetah Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Date Published: 06 Sep, 2010
Medical insurance provider Resolution Health East Africa is the latest corporate corporate organisation to adopt and name a wild animal at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Resolution Health East Africa chief executive Peter Nduati and staff named the seven-year-old cheetah ‘Misty Harmony’ in honour of the company’s latest product to be launched.
Two months ago, various corporate organisations and Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife officials paid homage to the wild animals they adopted at the orphanage. They took part in cleaning the cages and feeding the animals as part of build-up activities towards the launch of the Kenya Wildlife Service Fund. The orphaned and sick animals cared for while being used for research and educational purposes.
In November last year, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Prime Minister Rt Hon Raila Odinga adopted a cheetah cub and lion, respectively at the launch of the Namayiana Animal Adoption Programme. Since then, industrialist Manu Chandaria and corporates like Kenya Tourist Board, Microsoft East Africa have adopted their animals.Usain Bolt was the first international star to adopt an orphaned animal. Mr. Bolt adopted a 3-month-old male cheetah cub nicknamed Lightning Bolt. He paid $13,700 to formally adopt the cub, and will also pay $3,000 a year to care for him. Lightning Bolt will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi. Bolt was joined on the trip by Colin Jackson, a former 110-meter hurdles Olympic champion who adopted a 2-year-old eland, the largest of the antelope species.
Expected contributors to the fund include the Kenyan government, bilateral donors, visitors, foundations, private companies and concerned Kenyans. A new dynamic website to be launched soon has a provision for online donations. The Animal Adoption Programme gives individuals and corporates a chance to sponsor and consequently adopt an animal at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage with 50 per cent of the sponsorship going to the conservation fund and the rest catering for the animal’s yearly upkeep. Each animal is divided into shares based on the cost of its yearly upkeep.