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Homecoming for adoptive parents at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage
Date Published: 22 Jul, 2010
KWS Board of Trustees Chairman, Hon. David Mwiraria leads other CEOs in feeding adopted animals at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Photo Courtesy: George Kebaso
Various corporate organizations and Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife Officials on Monday, July 19, 2010 converged at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage where they paid homage to wild animals they adopted under the KWS Animal Adoption Programme.
The CEOs from Resolution Health, Access Kenya Group, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) took part in cleaning of the animal cages and feeding them where they pledged commitment to start adopting wild animals as one step towards their conservation.
The KWS Animal Adoption Programme was developed to enable the Nairobi Animal Orphanage raise adequate funds to be used to provide medical, emotional and psychological care to animals as well as providing humanity the opportunity to take part in owning and caring for wildlife.
These orphaned, abandoned and sick animals are cared for while being used for research and educational purposes.
Part of the proceeds from the Adoption Programme go towards the KWS Fund (Endowment) which will be officially launched on August 27, 2010.
The Endowment Fund’s main objective is to provide a sustainable source of funding for wildlife conservation and its habitats to benefit present and future generations.
Conservation work is extremely expensive, leaving KWS to work on a shoe-string budget, and with a strained staff compliment. Through the Fund, KWS will be able to mitigate the huge budget deficit as well as carry out its mandate regardless of the external shocks that periodically hit the tourism industry, which is the main source of funding for conservation.
The fund will therefore facilitate rehabilitation of degraded wildlife habitats and ecosystems; community-based wildlife conservation initiatives, conservation education and extension services to create public awareness, research activities in the field of wildlife conservation and management.
Its target is to raise a total of Sh7.5 billion (US$100 million) by the year 2020.
The KWS staff are also scheduled to conduct visits to various conservation areas across the country to sensitize communities and the general public as a build up to the launch.
Speaking at the event, the KWS Director, Mr. Julius, Kipng’etich called on the public and the international community to honour biodiversity and contribute to its conservation.
The East African region, according to the Director, is home to three quarters of the world’s biodiversity, wild animals included. “It is why we are telling the world to come and participate in conservation by adopting these animals so that we may be able to conserve them for posterity,” said Kipng’etich.
He added that the conservation endowment fund will protect Kenya’s wildlife from any vagaries beyond her control for the present and future generations.
Some of the proceeds from the adoption programme will go towards improving the state of biodiversity in the country’s protected areas.
The latest arrivals from the wild available for adoption include two one-month old lion cubs and two leopards aged two weeks old. KWS has 56 more wild animals for adoption at the Nairobi Animal orphanage and more than 40 at the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.
In November last year, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Prime Minister, Raila Odinga adopted a cheetah cub and lion respectively at the launch of the Animal Adoption Programme. Industrialist Manu Chandaria and other corporates including the KTB, Microsoft East Africa have already adopted various animals.