World Wildlife Day gets K50,000 boost

ExxonMobil PNG Limited has jumped on board to support the Port Moresby Nature Park’s World Wildlife Day with K50,000.

This is the second consecutive year ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) has partnered with the Park to highlight World Wildlife Day.

Port Moresby Nature Park’s general manager, Michelle McGeorge, said: “ExxonMobil PNG is a major partner of the Nature Park, spanning over the last four years which has enabled us to achieve a great number of projects and we are really excited about how big this year’s World Wildlife Day is going to be, with over 18 conservation and Government organisations already confirmed.”

World Wildlife Day recognises the importance of the world’s wildlife and the need to protect it. The event will showcase the works of conservation organisations as well as Government Departments in their efforts to promote the protection of PNG’s wildlife.

Port Moresby Nature Park is also involved in its own ex-situ conservation works. Through its ‘Head Start Program’, in partnership with the University of Canberra and with funding support from EMPNG, the Nature Park has been able to research growth rates of pig-nosed turtles, locally known as Piku. This will be one of the conservation projects showcased at the World Wildlife Day.

ExxonMobil PNG’s executive director of production and Port Moresby Nature Park board member, Dinesh Sivasamboo, said EMPNG recognises just how important and unique PNG’s environment is.

“We operate in a very pristine and beautiful environment that we need to preserve and protect for future generations,” said Sivasamboo.

“ExxonMobil PNG acknowledges that enhancing the preservation of PNG’s diverse flora and fauna requires everyone’s efforts and we are looking forward to showing people some of the work PNG LNG is doing to help conserve the incredible biodiversity in this amazing country.”

EMPNG also supports the Nature Park’s school excursion program called ‘Come Explore With Us’, which has seen almost 50,000 students participate in the program since 2012. The program is designed to strengthen and support teachers in providing practical science-based learning in the Park.

World Wildlife Day will be commemorated  on Saturday 4 March at the Port Moresby Nature Park from 9am to 3pm. Entry fees are: K7 for adults, K4 for students with IDs (13-16 years old) and K3 for children (3-12 years old).

Port Moresby residents are invited to attend this great family outing and learn about conservation efforts and support conservation organisations in PNG.

(ExxonMobil PNG Ltd executive director of production, Dinesh Sivasamboo, and Port Moresby Nature Park general manager Michelle McGeorge during the presentation)

Press release