Yulon Nissan makes donation to animal conservation programs

Yulon Nissan makes donation to animal conservation  programs

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Yulon Nissan Motor Co. donated NT$10 million (US$300,000) Thursday to the Taipei City government to sponsor animal conservation and research programs launched by the Taipei Zoo.
Kenneth Yen, chairman of Yulon Nissan, a joint venture between Taiwan's Yulon Motor and Japan's Nissan Motor Co., made the donation after signing a sponsorship agreement with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin on Thursday.
The money will be used to study the habitat of a pair of giant pandas given by China to Taiwan and to enhance research on local wildlife conservation.
Yen said the funding will not only cover the cost of caring for the pandas, but also help tend to the Formosan black bears, Formosan macaques, green turtles and black-faced spoonbills. He also hoped that his company would have other opportunities to cooperate with the city government on wildlife conservation projects in the future.
Since the arrival of the pair of pandas in Taiwan in late December, corporate interest in the Taipei Zoo's animal adoption program has grown, with Taiwan Cooperative Bank, EasyCard Corporation and First Commercial Bank expressing their willingness to adopt animals, according to the zoo's director, Jason Yeh.
Individuals are also welcome to join a regular adoption program, according to Chu Hsiao-feng, the head of the zoo's promotional department. Adults and children can get adoption cards for annual donations of NT$1,000 and NT$500, respectively.
Card holders get free admission to the zoo and receive a quarterly journal on the zoo's activities.
At present, Formosan sika deers, Formosan serows, koalas and king penguins, as well as another 22 animals suggested last year, can be "adopted" under the program.
Meanwhile, as more people are showing interest in one of the foods being fed the pandas -- steamed buns made with bamboo powder -- the zoo plans to provide recipes for the buns, making some adjustments from what the pandas eat so that they are more suitable for people, to food manufacturers for mass production, Yeh said.
Zoo visitors will likely have a chance in the future to taste the buns and special "fruit meals" based on what the animals eat, as part of the zoo's effort to promote the concept of environmental protection and health.
(By Y.L. Kao)

Updated : 2021-02-28 18:39 GMT+08:00