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CONSERVATION PROJECTS WE SUPPORT
There are many conservation programmes at the Zoo and they take many forms. In addition to the projects locally and globally that we support and our efforts on Zoo grounds, we partner with many other organisations to make a difference.
Here is a list of those we feel, together with your help, deserve our support.
Recruiting young, non-literate Maasai warriors in Southern Kenya to become actively engaged in protecting lions, rather than killing them. We have just started sponsorship of “Mingati Makarot”, which means we pay his salary for the year.
Mingati is a past lion killer but has completely converted to being one of their ardent protectors, he has been very effective in monitoring and tracking lions using his traditional skills. We will soon begin sponsorship of another Lion Guardian.
TIGER CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAMME WITH
WILDLIFE VETS INTERNATIONAL (WVI)
Bangladesh experiences the highest rate of human–tiger conflict, with at least fifty humans being killed by tigers each year, inevitably resulting with a number of tigers being beaten to death by villagers.
In 2012 we were pleased to be able to donate a grant of £2000, this money enabled WVI to purchase equipment and consumables for use in anaesthetizing and relocating tigers which have entered into villages before either human or tiger is hurt.
SNOW LEOPARD TRUST’S - NATURAL PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (NPP)
This connects zoos around the world and offers them the unique opportunity to protect endangered snow leopards. Through NPP, zoos get directly involved and make powerful contributions to the highest priority in-situ conservation and research programs in snow leopard range countries.
AEECL (THE LEMUR CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION)
AEECL is a consortium of European zoological gardens and universities who have joined forces to carry out conservation and research projects for lemurs.
Current projects include maintaining a firebreak to protect the forest, encouraging good farming techniques and reforestation through tree planting and protection, contributing to the wages of teachers and supporting research work in the forest, supporting the community through ecotourism initiatives and training local tourist guides.
ADDITIONAL LEMUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS
We are designing and funding the production of an educational comic book for Malagasy school children featuring native Malagasy wildlife in trouble, it is written in English, French and Malagasy to ensure all children benefit.
We are also supplying field research equipment including camera traps and weather stations for teams working out in Madagascar. The information collected from this equipment will be fed back to European zoos breeding lemurs to help them manage their lemur environments and captive programmes more effectively.
YUPUKARI RIVER TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT
The protection of river turtles, focusing mainly on the Yellow-Spotted Podocnemis unifilis and the Giant South American Turtle Podocnemis expansa, is achieved through various methods like nesting surveys and collecting charting data.
Our donations will go towards egg harvesting and the construction of ponds and artificial nesting areas for the 12 month period the “Head-Start turtles” need, before being released back into the wild.
THAILAND HORNBILL PROJECT
There are two key factors which are threatening hornbill survival in Thailand; the loss of forest area due to illegal logging, and poaching. This project is run by the Hornbill Research Foundation in Mahidol University in Bangkok.
We are sponsoring artificial hornbill nest boxes in the Budo region of Southern Thailand.
OTHER PROJECTS ALSO SUPPORTED
Free the Bears
EAZA South-east Asia campaign
Tapir Specialist Group
Mabula Ground Hornbill Research Project