In a groundbreaking initiative for wildlife conservation and education, the Copperbelt University has received a diverse range of wildlife animals from Kansanshi mining Plc to enhance the delivery of training programmes at the university.
The transfer of these animals signifies the commitment of both the university and the mining company to protect and preserve the rich biodiversity of the surrounding environment.
Speaking during the event, Kansanshi Mining Plc Corporate Affairs Manager Kyansenga Chitoshi said the mine had spent over K500,000 in capturing the animals and transporting them safely to the university.
“We are donating 19 animals from four species and these are three Zebras, three waterbucks, five Puku and eight impalas. The animals will help to enhance wildlife management training that is offered under the school of natural resources,” said Ms Chitoshi.
CBU Acting Vice Chancellor John Bwalya thanked Kansanshi mine for the gesture saying the animals have added a new dimension to the university.
‘By bringing these wildlife animals onto campus, we can create an interactive learning experience for our students and the wider community, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the local ecosystem.’
Prof Bwalya said the university has been looking forward to having animals in the nature park since 2014.
Kitwe District Commissioner Lawrence Mwanza who officiated at the event urged CBU management to take care of the animals as they would also add beauty to the institution and Kitwe.
Mr Mwanza also said that primary and secondary school pupils will also benefit by having educational tours to the CBU nature park