Our global conservation projects
‘Link to the Wild’ supports in-country conservation across the globe. The projects are chosen and supported by our keepers here at Blair Drummond, and are often smaller grass-root initiatives.
Since 2014 we’ve raised over £167k for conservation projects. This money has been paid directly to the charities involved, often funding key salaries or paying for essential equipment.
Read on to find out more about some of the projects we’ve funded.
Fighting the pet trade in Barbary macaques
Barbary macaques are now endangered and are still frequently sold as pets and performers, and to provide tourists with photo opportunities. We work with BMAC Macaque Awareness to highlight this issue within local communities and show how destructive the “photo prop” trade can be.
£10,750 donated since 2014
Chimp-friendly crops in Uganda
Chimpanzees are becoming increasingly rare in the forest regions of Africa. Deforestation means that much of their habitat is disappearing. The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project works with local communities, teaching them to raise tree seedlings and grow chimp-friendly crops – ensuring that humans and chimpanzees can co-exist happily.
£41,250 donated since 2014
Rescuing Scotland’s marine mammals
Working with the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU) we help to fund equipment which allows for the quick and efficient rescue of stranded or trapped marine mammals around Scotland’s coastline, including whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals.
£7,500 donated since 2017
Tiger fences in India
In the Bandhavgarh Reserve in India, Bengal Tiger numbers have suffered rapid decline due to habitat loss, hunting and lack of prey. One specific problem in the villages is uncovered wells. By helping The Corbett Foundation to fence these wells, we can save many tigers from needless injury and death.
£7,400 donated since 2017
Protecting wild lions in Namibia
Now considered vulnerable to extinction, the lions in Etosha National Park in Namibia are frequently coming into conflict with humans. We work with AfriCat UK to help the Namibian Lion Trust to track the location of specific lions and protect them from poaching.
£3,750 donated since 2018
Lemurs and livelihoods in Madagascar
Madagascar holds 5% of the world’s plant and animals species, but deforestation is a constant threat and most lemur species on the island are now critically endangered. We work with Feedback Madagascar to educate local communities, help them plant their own trees and adopt eco-friendly, sustainable methods of farming.
£8,000 donated since 2014
Giraffe conservation in Uganda
Many people are unaware that giraffes are currently much more endangered than African elephants. We work with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, helping to fund the protection, and translocation, of vulnerable giraffe populations in Uganda.
Tagging tortoises in Mauritius
Wild giant tortoises perform a vital role in Mauritius, acting as grazers, browsers and seed dispensers, and helping to regenerate many unique plant and tree species. But historic over-hunting and the illegal pet trade have seen numbers dwindle. We work with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to tag and monitor the endangered wild tortoise population.
£3,000 since 2017
Protecting the Mediterranean Monk Seal
The Mediterranean Monk Seal is Europe’s most endangered marine mammal. Working with the Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal (MOm), we’ve helped to create a new marine protection area around the Greek island of Gyaros.
£4,500 donated since 2014
Protecting rhinos from poaching
More than 7,000 rhinos have been poached in the last decade. The number poached in South Africa alone has risen by 9000% in the last twelve years and is a huge and very real threat to wild rhino populations.
Working with OSCAP (Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching), we’ve been able to provide essential equipment to game rangers working on ground level to protect rhinos. The charity also works to monitor wild rhino movements and rescue rhino calves left orphaned by illegal poaching.
£12,900 donated since 2014
Tracking Raptors in Scotland (by phone!)
Because it’s so reclusive, the Goshawk is one of the least studied raptor species in the UK. Since 2016, we’ve been part of a cutting-edge new study, tracking the movements of wild goshawks using the ‘Movetec’ bird tracking system, which can connect to a mobile phone!
Working with the Scottish Raptor Study Group (SRSG) we’ve followed a number of juveniles to adulthood and subsequently tagged their offspring.
£9,550 donated since 2016
Rehabilitating vultures in South Africa
You may not know, but vultures are now the most threatened bird species in the world. Many birds are hunted and poisoned by pesticides and lead fragments from bullets, injured by electricity cables or hit by cars when feeding on road-kill. We work with South African charity VulPro to protect, rehabilitate and re-release vultures into the wild.
£23,980 donated since 2014