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Bavaria joins in to save the hippopotamus of the Nápoles Hacienda (Translation)

17 July 2009

Bogotá, July 15 2009. Bavaria, S. A.,  a leading beverage company in Colombia and subsidiary of SABMiller plc, has decided to support the job of the Colombian environmental authorities for the handling and care of the Nápoles Hacienda hippopotamus.

Bavaria's contribution will consist of covering the travel and lodging expenses in Colombia of a group of experts on the issue who have been advising, since 2007, Corantioquia (Antioquia Environmental Corporation) and the Fundación Vida Silvestre Neotropical (Neo-tropical Wild Life foundation). Among them is the chief of the Wild Life Veterinarian Services of South Africa's National Parks Unit, Markus Hofmeir; Peter Morkel, former official of the same institution and current Rhinoceros Coordinator of the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Tanzania; and veterinarian Michael D. Kock, from the Field Veterinarians program of the World conservation Society of South Africa.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, in a communiqué issued yesterday, the South African experts can help in the field, to the effort being carried out over the past two years by the environmental Authorities in order to identify the best alternatives for the handling and ideal conditions to house, either within the national territory on or another place of the planet, the animals who were expelled from the pack and of the 20 still remaining in the Nápoles Hacienda.

The efforts to involve Bavaria and its foundation in this initiative to protect the hippopotamus were carried out by South Africa's honorary consul in Colombia, Mister Fred Jacobsen.

The company's proposal is made as part of its social responsibility commitment, especially taking into account the risk that these hippopotamus represent for the lives of the people close to the region and for our country's native fauna.

Bavaria S. A. is the largest beverage company of Colombia. Its brands Águila, Águila Light, Club Colombia, Cola & Pola, Costeña, Costeñita, Peroni, Pilsen, Póker, Redd's and Pony Malta are leaders in their respective beverage categories in Colombia.

For additional information please contact:
Juan David Lee Aguirre

Phone +57-1-638 9290

Bogotá, D.C.


This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on  We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.  

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 15-07-09.

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