As part of the celebrations of Mauritius, the Namibian government offered five Oryxes to Mauritius to mark the 50th anniversary of the Independence of the country and the official remittance ceremony took place at Casela World of Adventures on Monday 16th of July amidst guests composed of senior government officials, consuls and diplomatic corps.
His Excellency Mr. Nghiwete, the High Commissioner of Namibia made the trip to Mauritius to officially hand over these famous Namibian antelopes to the Acting President of the Republic of Mauritius, His Excellency Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, G.O.S.K.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was also signed on this occasion between Hon. Mahen Seeruttun, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Paul Williams, Managing Director of Casela World of Adventures. This MoA stipulates that the Oryx, which are now in the custody of the park of Cascavelle, will serve to develop the relationship between the private and the public sectors in order to promote conservation and education.
About the Oryx…
This large antelope, with the striking appearance of its long horns and distinct coloration, is the national animal of Namibia. The Oryx, also known as the Gemsbok, is one of the many species living throughout the African continent where it feeds on course grasses and thorny shrubs – often during the morning and late afternoon. The Oryx is chosen as Namibia’s national animal due to its courage, elegance and pride – with the national coat of arms bearing this unmistakable dweller of the desert.
According to the Honorary Consul of Namibia in Mauritius, Mrs. Linda Kok Shun, “We could not have found a better gift to offer to Mauritius on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its independence, because the Oryx is a symbol of Namibia. It adapts perfectly to the conditions of the Mauritian climate and visitors can discover these magnificent Namibian antelopes in the safari of Casela World of Adventures.”
“Our Group is convinced that the future of our country rests on education. Beyond the academic aspect, this education must also be about the social aspects and address essential topics such as the preservation of the environment. The next generation will be more than just Mauritian citizens, they will be citizen of the world and as from today, children must understand their role and impact in the world.
In line with this vision, our teams at Casela have been working for some years now in implementing educational programs and welcome more than 40,000 students every year to educate them on the preservation of fauna and flora. It also allows them to discover local animals and those from other countries, and understand the issues of their preservation and that of their natural habitats. Without a doubt, these Oryxes will most definitely be an added value to these programs and to the park and we thank the Namibian and Mauritian governments for the trust placed in us by handing us these Oryxes.” further stressed Thierry Sauzier, CEO of the Medine Group.