In a time where businesses are known to shed the spotlight on their social and environmental
responsibilities, the Hiyare Project has shied away from any major publicity. The management
teams from Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) & The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) were
invited to visit the Biodiversity project in Galle, to observe the outstanding work done by the
team at Hiyare.
This project was initiated by the Wildlife Conservation Society in Galle (WCGS) who collaborate with the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) in order to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild animals trapped or injured due to human activity or habitat alteration by humans. Nations Trust Bank stepped in to provide financial assistance in 2009 and the project hasn't looked back since.
The team learned that over 900 animals were rescued between 2011 and 2015. The number of rescued animals in 2015 was 293, successfully releasing over 70%. Here are a few snapshots of some of the amazing work done by the Hiyare team to assist in the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of various animals such as raptors, snakes, deer, birds and other small animals.
With the backing of NTB, It truly is quite remarkable to note the many successes the project has achieved, which include but not are limited to;
Islandwide survey on Primates of Sri Lanka, which allow researchers to identify and catalogue various species in their natural environment, which will prove useful for researchers, environmentalists and wildlife enthusiasts. Furthermore, their researchers came across a new colour morph of the Southern Purple Faced Langur, which was later published in the Journal of Primate Conservation in 2013.
As an added benefit, The Hiyare project is frequently used to take school and university students for educational workshops on protecting our biodiversity. Programs usually consist of lectures, workshops, hands-on experience in understanding amphibians, reptiles etc, fieldwork experience, captive breeding programs (for certain species of endemic frogs and freshwater fish). This ensures that the next generation is armed with the knowledge and understand the need to take urgent actions to preserve species who at risk of dying out.
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All Information has been Acquired by their client Nations Trust Bank, as well as The Wildlife Conservation Society in Galle (WCGS) and has been published on the Carbon Consulting Company blog with their permission.