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Focus on Wales: We’ve teamed up with Anna Ryder Richardson to help save lionesses 

28 October 2016

We’ve provided a helping hand with the building of a new lion enclosure at Manor House Wildlife Park Zoo in Pembrokeshire.

Our local network business, Openreach, has teamed up with The Nature Foundation and Manor House Wildlife Park to provide 29 telegraph poles for a new residence for lioness Mery and her cubs Gita and Zita, who are due to arrive later this month.

The lions are being nursed back to health in a purpose–built compound in Armenia after being rescued from a private zoo where they were being kept in appalling conditions. This can only be a temporary measure as the lionesses are still in cages and need to be brought to quarantine facilities at Manor House Wildlife Park Zoo, where they will be free to roam an enclosure.

The plight of the lionesses drew the attention of The Nature Foundation chief executive and Manor House Wildlife Park owner, Anna Ryder Richardson, who has worked hard to find the lionesses a permanent safe home.

Anna Ryder Richardson

Anna Ryder Richardson said: “After months of fundraising, I am delighted that The Nature Foundation is able to bring the lionesses to their new forever home in Pembrokeshire.

“These beautiful creatures have known terrible suffering and we can now make sure that they are safe and healthy at Manor Wildlife Park. We have so many individuals and organisations to thank for helping us achieve this and none more so than BT and Openreach.

“The incredible support provided by BT and Openreach has made a huge difference to the campaign and means that we will be welcoming Mery and her girls to Pembrokeshire in the next few weeks.”

Work on erecting the telegraph poles, which will be used as part of the enclosure’s fence, was completed by both our volunteers working alongside staff from Manor House Wildlife Park Zoo.

Alwen Williams, director for BT Cymru Wales, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help Anna and the Nature Foundation in their ambition to help rescue these lionesses.”

“I look forward to seeing Mery and her cubs settling in and enjoying their new surroundings in Pembrokeshire.”

With the lionesses arriving at their new home imminently, the race is now on to complete their brand new enclosure on time.  

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Ffocws ar Gymru: Helpu Anna Ryder Richardson i achub llewod

Rydym wedi cefnogi adeiladu tŷ llewod newydd ym mharc bywyd gwyllt Manor House, sir Benfro.

Cydweithiodd busnes rhwydwaith lleol BT, Openreach, â The Nature Foundation a Manor House i osod 29 polyn telegraff ar gyfer cartref newydd y llewes Mery a’i chenawon Gita a Zita, fydd yn cyrraedd tua diwedd y mis.

Mae’r llewod yn adfer mewn adeilad dros dro yn Armenia ar ôl cael eu hachub o sw preifat oedd yn eu cadw mewn amgylchiadau ofnadwy. Ni fydd modd eu cadw yno’n hir am eu bod yn dal mewn cewyll ac angen eu cludo i gyfleusterau cwarantin ym Manor House, ble byddant yn rhydd i grwydro o fewn ardal bwrpasol.

Daeth sefyllfa’r llewod i sylw prif weithredwraig The Nature Foundation a pherchennog Manor House, Anna Ryder Richardson, sydd wedi gweithio’n galed i gael hyd i gartref parhaol ar gyfer y llewod.

Dywedodd Anna Ryder Richardson: “Ar ôl misoedd o waith codi arian, rwy’n falch iawn bod The Nature Foundation yn gallu cludo’r llewod i’w cartref parhaol newydd yn sir Benfro.

Mae’r creaduriaid hyfryd hyn wedi dioddef llawer yn eu bywydau ac yn awr gallwn sicrhau eu bod yn saff ac iach ym Manor House. Rhaid diolch cymaint o unigolion a chyrff am ein helpu i gyflawni hyn, yn arbennig BT ac Openreach.

Mae cymorth BT ac Openreach wedi gwneud gwahaniaeth enfawr i’r ymgyrch ac yn golygu byddwn yn croesawu Mery a’i merched i sir Benfro yn yr wythnosau nesaf.”

Cwblhawyd y gwaith i godi’r polion telegraff, fydd yn ffurfio rhan o ffens y safle, gan wirfoddolwyr BT a staff Manor House.

Dywedodd Alwen Williams, cyfarwyddwraig Cymru BT: “Roeddem yn falch iawn o allu helpu Anna a The Nature Foundation i achub y llewod hyn ac rwy’n edrych ymlaen at weld Mery a’i merched yn setlo yn eu cartref newydd yn sir Benfro”.

Gyda’r llewod ar fin cyrraedd eu cartref newydd, mae’r gwaith yn parhau i’w gwblhau a eu cyfer.