The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Flora has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Siam Makro PCL to use the company’s food waste to feed wild animals that are in the custody of the department.
Thanya Netithammakul, chief executive of the department, said the number of animals in the department’s care is growing as it receives more wild animals rescued from trafficking and abuse while having limited budgets to provide care.
The FY 2022 budget has been further reduced and would be sufficient for a few months of wildlife care only. Meanwhile, COVID-19 has sharply reduced the department’s revenue from entrance fees to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries from 2 billion baht to just 300 million baht a year, he said.
He expressed his gratitude to Siam Makro for the project to donate edible food waste from its stores to animals at 23 wildlife breeding centers, three wildlife refuges and the Bungchawak Wildlife Management Center. The two-year project has been very beneficial, said the general manager.
Siam Makro management said the company had more and more food waste to dispose of in landfills. Donating food waste through the project would support its goal of eliminating its food waste by 2030 and it planned to supply around 240 tonnes of food waste to the department this year. (TNA)