Date Published: 19 Oct, 2009
By Brian Jibbo
Jamaican sprinter and 100m world record holder Usain St Leo Bolt will today (Monday, November 2, 2009) at 2pm name and adopt an eight-month cheetah cub at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.
He will be joined by Kenya’s Prime Minister Hon.Raila Odinga, CEO of sports goods makerPuma and Zeitz Foundation founder Jochen Zeitz and former 110m world hurdling record holder Colin Jackson in launching the KWS Animal Adoption Programme .
Besides the adoption of the cheetah, Bolt also the 100m and 200m World and Olympic Champion will be in the country to help launch the Zeitz Foundation, a foundation that seeks to promote innovative and holistic approaches that enhance economic, social and environmental sustainability.
The Animal Adoption Programme is one of the activities KWS is rolling out in the build up to the launch of an endowment fund to support Kenya’s wildlife heritage. The endowment fund targets to raise Ksh10 billion.
The programme gives individuals and corporate 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.
Nairobi Animal Orphanage is famed for its world-renowned efforts to care for abducted, abandoned and injured wild animals. With animals from as far as West and North Africa, the facility has wild animals of all kinds and species. The animals are used for educational and research purposes.