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13.12.16

Red panda gets new sponsor: Sana Clinics Solln Sendling commits to long-term sponsorship

Miu, the female red panda, is delighted to have a new sponsor: As part of a long-term sponsorship agreement, Sana Kliniken Solln Sendling GmbH, in cooperation with Hellabrunn Zoo, will support the Red Panda Network, a project dedicated to the conservation of wild red panda in Nepal.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn / Marc Müller

"We are pleased that Sana Clinics Solln Sendling will work us to support the Red Panda Network through our sponsorship programme," said zoo director Rasem Baban on Tuesday during the handover of the sponsorship certificate to Elmar Simon, Managing Director of Sana Clinics Solln Sendling. "Species conservation is one of the most important tasks of a zoological institution. It is important in order to preserve biological diversity as we know it today. This includes raising awareness for a responsible and sustainable approach to nature as well as educating about how nature as essential to life."

The Red Panda EEP Forest Guardian Support Programme is a joint initiative of the Red Panda Network and the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and is part of a major conservation project in eastern Nepal. The aim of this project is to create a community-based protected area in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung region. Under the Red Panda EEP Forest Guardian Support Programme, local rangers are trained to monitor the protected areas and raise awareness in their communities for the protection of the red panda and its habitat.

Thanks to the support received from around the world, the Red Panda Network is currently developing an app that will simplify the collection of data on the red panda in its natural habitat. Red pandas live in the mountains of Nepal, in rugged terrain that is difficult to access. As a result, it often takes several months before the data gathered is delivered to the headquarters and analysed. By developing a data collection app, this process will be considerably faster and the monitoring of the endangered animals in the wild will be simplified.

The red panda, also known as the lesser panda, is listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Only about 10,000 red pandas remain in their original habitat. Red pandas live in the mountain forests of the Himalayas, but their geographic distribution is increasingly shrinking due to the threat of continuous deforestation.

True to their motto "We keep you moving!", Sana Clinics Solln Sendling celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Sana Clinics AG group this year, and sees the commitment of sponsorship as an opportunity to engage in a sustainable project in Munich. The clinics’ mascot Sana Bear visited Hellabrunn Zoo on the last stop of his tour of Germany, where the teddy bear met his “adopted brother”. Animal adoption by a bear was a logical choice and Sana, the bear, received a fitting welcome on his arrival in Munich. "It was important for us to be involved in a meaningful project, which ties in with the anniversary of Sana Clinics AG,” said Elmar Simon, Managing Director of Sana Clinics Solln Sendling. “Our commitment fits well with the construction of the new Sana Healthcare Campus in Munich, which is built as a green hospital with special environmentally friendly features. We are delighted we have found the zoo to be a wonderful partner for sustainable and ecological projects." After accepting the certificate of sponsorship, Sana, the teddy bear, will return to the holding, having covered almost 4,000 km on his multi-stop tour around Germany.

Animal lovers who would like to adopt an animal at Hellabrunn Zoo will not only form a special bond with their favourite animal, but also support the conservation of fellow endangered species in their natural habitat. Adopt an Animal packages at Hellabrunn Zoo are available from € 99 per year. For more information on animal sponsorship, please ask a member of staff at our Service Centres or visit our website www.hellabrunn.de/tierpatenschaften/