MUKONO, Uganda: The Lives of 49 Chimpanzees under custody at the Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary is set to improve following plans to construct a medical facility for them. The drive for funds to the tune of UGX80M that is needed for this exercise is in high gear.
On Saturday, Tiang Tang Group of Companies came handy to this cause when they contributed building materials and cash totaling UGX16M. The Group of Companies’ Chief Executive Officer Lucy Zhang and the firm’s Head of Administration Owen Jin handed over the materials and the cheque worth Shs5 million to Lillian Ajarova, the Executive Director Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust at the firms factory plant in Mukono.
Addressing the media before the handover, Owen Jin said Tiang Tang Group that consists of Comform Mattresses, Unistrong (that manufactures iron sheets and steel bars, Hong Hai Woods, Najing Restaurant and Najing Tours and Travel among others joined in the support because that value tourism and wildlife. “We came in to support the construction of the medical facility for the chimpanzees because we greatly value wildlife. We appeal to other firms to also come forward and support this cause,” said Owen.
Zhang Lucy said as Tiang Tang Group, they have always supported causes that conserve the environment and leads to nation building. “This is not the first time that we are coming in to help. We have also supported schools like Luyanzi College and scores of others,” she said.
Lillian Ajarova from the Chimpanzee Wildlife Sanctuary said if efforts are not put in place to support the chimpanzees, they will become extinct. So far there are at least 5,000 remaining chimpanzees in the whole country.
Ajarova noted that political stability is enough to help revamp the chimpanzee’s numbers. “We are grateful to Tiang Tang Group for coming up to support us. They have always been there whenever we come to them for support. Their contribution will be instrumental in helping us complete the medical ward for the chimpanzees,” she said.
She said that they had so far raised shs56 million of the required shs80m. “My appeal to all Ugandans and wildlife loving public to come up and support us to help sustain these endangered species,” she said.