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Kenya Methodist University adopts a cheetah

Date Published: 25 Jan, 2011
Kenya Methodist University adopts a cheetah

KEMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Alfred Mutema (left) hands over a dummy cheque to KWS Assistant Director, Parks and Reserves, Mr. Edin Kalla. Looking on are the reigning Mr. and Miss. KEMU.

Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) became the first institution of higher learning to contribute towards the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Animal Adoption Programme. The university adopted Baby KEMU, a one-and-a half year old cheetah cub at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.Baby KEMU, is one of three cubs brought to the Animal Orphanage in 2009 from Tsavo East National Park while only a few weeks old after the death of their mother. Later that same year, double World and Olympic Champion, Usain Bolt adopted its brother cub, Lightening Bolt.In line with their mission of “contributing to the transformation of the society and selfless service to the community”, the university also planted 2000 tree seedlings at the Nairobi National Park under the Nairobi Greenline initiative.Speaking at the event, KEMU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Alfred Mutema, recognized the importance of taking care of orphaned animals and expressed their commitment towards environmental conservation.
Prof. Mutema also underscored the importance of trees in our natural ecosystem and lauded the role of KWS and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers in putting into place measures aimed at mitigating the negative effects of human activities at the Nairobi National Park. “Trees are not only a reservoir of genetic resources and bio-diversity but also provide important habitats for all wildlife as well as threatened and endangered forest species,” he said.KWS Assistant Director, Parks and Reserves, Mr. Edin Kalla, while receiving the cheque of Shs.234,390, thanked the university for being the pioneer learning institution in the Adoption Program and urged others to follow in their footsteps.

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 in distress as well as providing humanity the opportunity to take part in owning and caring for wildlife.

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