The PNG LNG Project, operated by ExxonMobil PNG Limited, has reaffirmed its commitment to the Port Moresby Nature Park with an additional financial contribution of K287,000 to improve existing exhibits as well as support two main projects.
The contribution is part of the Project’s ongoing sponsorship of the park, and supports the park’s school excursion program and the development of an animal research and breeding centre.
The successful school excursion program, in operation since last year, has allowed more than 6,000 students to visit the park and participate in this important environmental education initiative. Funding from the PNG LNG Project will expand the school program, with the goal of bringing in more than 11,000 students this year to participate in excursions tailored for each school-year level.
ExxonMobil PNG Limited Deputy Production Manager and Port Moresby Nature Park board member Dale Pittman said the Project is committed to supporting conservation efforts in Papua New Guinea.
“The park provides an excellent and vital insight into the magnificent flora and fauna of Papua New Guinea,” Mr Pittman said.
“ExxonMobil and the PNG LNG Project are committed to supporting the educational and research programs carried out by the park.”
To further support the conservation programs at the Nature Park, part of the contribution will be allocated to restoring the main walk-through bird exhibit, which was built in the early 1990s. The exhibit is a key feature of the park and home to many varieties of parrots and bird of paradise species.
Funding will also go to the development of an animal research and breeding centre, which will involve work with species such as long-beaked echidnas and birds of paradise.
Port Moresby Nature Park General Manager Michelle McGeorge said the organisation was grateful for the donation.
“The PNG LNG Project has done so much for the Port Moresby Nature Park and we would not be where we are today without their invaluable support,” she said.
“It has been amazing the way project team members have been so willing to help us, not just through donations but also by offering their own time to assist at the park. We look forward to continuing to work with the project and ExxonMobil to help educate young minds about nature.”
Since 2012, the project has provided more than K670,000 to the Nature Park and recently donated a new generator to the park to help ensure a consistent power supply.
It also provided information technology support to help with growing administrative demands.