London Mining boosts Tacugama chimpanzee
The Chief Finance Officer of London Mining Plc Rachel Rhodes together with a cross section of management and staff of London Mining Company last weekend visited the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary to assess their immediate needs.
The visit was part of their strategy to evaluate projects that the people can benefit directly from their corporate social responsibilities programmes.
At the chimps site, London Mining Management and Staff were taken on a conducted tour by the Sanctuary Supervisor, Willie Tucker who gave a brief at every port of call. Mr. Tucker informed the visitors about the current state of the sanctuary, which he stated is holding up to 100 chimpanzees. “We feed them five times a day with fruits, milk and sweet potatoes and this is costing us a lot,” he disclosed.
Mr. Tucker pointed out that the Sanctuary is in readiness to send the first sets of chimps to the jungle but needs to give them more integration into the wild life where they will have to survive on their own.
Most of the Chimps, he went on, were brought in from abroad at a tender age and have to go through an integration period which has increased their running costs. “Operating Tacugama requires funding to cover both our running costs and outreach projects and we need companies like London Mining who consider the environment and has interest in developing the Tourism Sector in Sierra Leone to lend a helping hand,” he said.
Officially handing over London Mining’s contribution worth millions of Leones to the sustenance of the Sanctuary, Chief Finance Officer of London Mining Plc, Rachel Rhodes thanked the management and staff for their hospitality and praised them for keeping the sanctuary alive.
Mrs. Rhodes noted that London Mining is committed to helping in protecting the environment and preserving the natural forest reserves. She pointed out that such contribution is the start of many and that London Mining will help in ensuring that the future of wild chimpanzees is protected.
The CFO pledged her company’ support to assist with the communication projects of the Sanctuary that will contribute to the survival of the Western Chimpanzee.
Upon receipt of the donation, the Founder of Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Bala Amarasekaran expressed thanks and appreciation to London Mining for the kind gesture and promised that the money will go towards the construction of more holding facilities for the Chimps.
Mr. Amarasekaran noted that the sanctuary is not only an animal welfare project but contains a lot of educational and environmental aspects as this has attracted daily visits from schools and colleges to learn more about the operations of a Chimps Kingdom.
He added that the sanctuary can be seen as an economic viable project when the Tourism Sector will have developed in the country and therefore urged the government to fast their effort in revamping this sector.
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