Aurum Fund Management donates to BZS

Aurum Fund Management Limited donated $12,500 to the Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] to help create a saltwater pond to support the growth of black mangroves on Trunk Island.

A spokesperson said: “The Bermuda Zoological Society is pleased to announce that Aurum Fund Management Limited has donated $12,500 towards the creation of a saltwater pond to support the growth of black mangroves on the Bermuda Zoological Society. Island of Trunk – the ‘living classroom’ of the BZS. An anonymous donor also helped with funds for the project.

“The Black Mangrove [Avicennia germinans] are native to Bermuda, the southern United States and the West Indies. Bermuda is the northernmost place in the Atlantic Ocean where this species is found. Black mangroves were listed as a protected species in 2011 because they are disappearing in Bermuda due to storm damage and coastal development.

“Their seeds do not grow in water and will not germinate until they are deposited in a suitable place. The Trunk Island saltwater pond will therefore be developed just inland to create a safe environment for them to grow in. The entire habitat will mimic Lover’s Lake in Ferry Reach and be adjacent to a coastal red mangrove habitat so students can experience and understand these vital ecosystems and how they interact together.

Adam Hopkin, director of Aurum Fund Management Ltd. & Colin Brown, president of the Bermuda Zoological Society

Adam Hopkin & Colin Brown Bermuda September 2021

Adam Hopkin, Director of Aurum Fund Management Ltd., said, “Aurum is extremely proud to continue supporting BZS by donating to this fantastic project. It fits so well with our support of other global environmental and species protection initiatives and it’s especially special to be able to do this in Bermuda.

“Mangroves are often overlooked ecosystems, particularly rich in biodiversity and capable of sequestering up to 10 times more carbon than a terrestrial forest. The BZS educational program will ensure that their importance is shared by future generations of Bermudians.

The spokesperson said: “Black mangroves provide essential ecosystem services in Bermuda wetlands: they form dense coastal or pond-edge thickets and thickets that work together to stabilize the shoreline, provide buffers against storm surges, trap tidal debris and wreckage, and provide feeding, breeding and nursery grounds for many species of fish, crabs, shellfish, birds and other animals wild.

“Furthermore, these ecosystems sequester carbon from the atmosphere and deposit it primarily around their aquatic root structures. Also known as Blue Carbon, this carbon capture contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases in our efforts to combat climate change.

“Mangroves remain relatively inaccessible and therefore underestimated for their unique characteristics and value. Developing black mangrove habitat will help all visitors to Trunk Island understand why mangroves are complex and vital ecosystems; it will inspire younger generations to take an active interest in their local natural environment.

“The step-by-step exhibit will introduce visitors to the Black Mangroves and the signage will communicate the associated conservation message, inspiring an appreciation for the importance of this critically endangered habitat.”

Colin Brown, President of BZS, said: “Thanks to the generous donation from Aurum Fund Management Ltd., BZS has the opportunity to create a saltwater pond that will provide a safe habitat on Trunk Island for growing black mangroves.

“The habitat will give our education team the opportunity to teach thousands of students about the importance of black mangroves to Bermuda’s wetlands as they progress through our educational programs.”

The spokesperson said: “The shared mission of BZS and BAMZ is to inspire appreciation and care for island environments, and as a supporting charity for BAMZ, BZS is an example of partnership at highly successful nonprofit/public. Each year, the BZS offers more than 8,000 free educational experiences through our Stempel Foundation BZS school program, in addition to popular community programs for all ages, BAMZ exhibit development, and conservation and conservation programs. research.

“Each year, BZS volunteers contribute over 10,000 hours of valuable animal husbandry support to the aquarium and zoo, with all programs accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”

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