Wednesday, 30 November 2011

COA makes donation to animal conservation programs in India

New Delhi, Nov. 30 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) has donated US$11,000 to two Indian wildlife conservation groups to sponsor rare animal conservation and research projects, officials said Wednesday. Taiwan's representative to India, Ong Wen-chyi, on behalf of the COA, made the donation that same day to the two wildlife conservation groups -- Aaranyak and the Rhino Foundation for Nature in North East India -- during a three-day visit to Assam State in northeast India. Ong told CNA that since 2008, the COA has donated around US$10,000 per year to help enhance India's research in wildlife conservation. This year, the money will be used to support a Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary project, a Gorumara National Park rhino-monitoring project, and a Northeast Indian mammal research project, he said. Ong also said during a visit to the Kaziranga National Park that he was pleased to see that the rhino population has steadily increased in the park, which has also received funding from Taiwan over the years. (By Ho Horn-ru and Hanna Liu)

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