Agency Underwriting Limited is marking the millennium by fundraising to preserve endangered monkeys in Africa.

It is sponsoring an African environmental organisation, Pandrillus, dedicated to preventing the extinction of endangered species.

The sponsorship will last the whole of this year, and so far, AUL have donated £1000 towards a Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre in Nigeria. There a successful breeding programme has enabled a number of drills – an endangered monkey – to be released back into the wild.

The company have been invited to send a representative to the Nigerian wildlife centre to see how the money they donated through the scheme has been spent.

Richard Lamberth, Managing Director of AUL, said: "We wanted to do something to mark the Millennium. Extinction of species is one of the greatest threats facing mankind in the 21st Century and we really want to do our bit."

AUL will also be running a number of fund raising events throughout this year, with an opportunity for their agency network and underwriters to become involved.