South Africa’s sanctuary supported by Dubai World

DUBAI — Siriu and Pitou, two 16-year-old leopard siblings, are the newest big cats to find sanctuary at the Born Free Animal Rescue and Education Centre in the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where Dubai World is directly involved in supporting African wildlife conservation and promoting eco-tourism.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 24 Jan 2008, 9:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:55 PM

The two cats will be the two new symbols at the Reserve for promoting global conservation efforts.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai World, said: “Dubai World’s commitment to sustainable development is the highlight of its activities in South Africa. Investing in game parks and eco-tourism is not just a business for us. It’s an enormous responsibility that takes into account the culture and natural resources of the host country, while exploring economic opportunities that make the conservation of nature beneficial to local communities. We are proud to be a part of the Born Free Foundation’s leopard initiative, which will further enrich the good work being carried out at the Shamwari Game Reserve.”

Stressing its significance for Dubai World, Bin Sulayem said the company would invest around $1.5 billion in the African continent over the next five years, with investments and projects in Djibouti, Zanzibar and the Comoros already under way.

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