Conservation charities receive £33,350 boost from safari park visitors
Donations made by Blair Drummond Safari Park visitors in 2019 are being used to help fund conservation projects for some of the world’s most endangered species.
The money, which was raised by the Safari Park’s Link to the Wild initiative, has been disbursed to charities operating in Europe, Africa and India.
A total of thirteen conservation projects have received funds, including Africat – a charity working with African lions in the Etosha National Park, the Corbett Foundation – monitoring indigenous species in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in India, and Feedback Madagascar – who are helping preserve the rainforest home of eleven different species of lemur.
Alastair Stalker from charity OSCAP tells us exactly what the donation means for his team:
“This year OSCAP will utilise the funds raised during the Blair Drummond Rhino week to provide essential equipment to game rangers working to protect a population of black rhino.
Projects of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of Blair Drummond Safari Park’s dedicated team and the very generous public who contribute during the Blair Drummond Rhino week.”
Link to the Wild was established at Blair Drummond Safari Park in 2015 and has since raised over £100,000 for conservation charities in the UK and around the world.
Staff at the safari park work to raise awareness of conservation efforts and encourage donations at their talks, presentations and shows. All the money raised is donated to projects that are nominated on an annual basis by the animal keepers themselves.
Recent projects to benefit from this year’s donations include:
· The Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project – £7,500 to help preserve the wild habitat of a chimpanzee group in Uganda.
· OSCAP in South Africa – £2,000 for equipment to help protect wild populations of black rhino from poaching.
· VulPro – £3,000 towards veterinary care and the monitoring and recovery of injured vultures in South Africa.
· Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation – £2,500 to protect the natural habitat of Barbary macaque populations living in Morocco, Algeria and Gibraltar.
· The Maurutian Wildlife Foundation – £1,000 for equipment to help monitor tortoises in restoration projects on Indian ocean islands.
· Feedback Madagascar – £2,000 towards research in the unexplored areas of the COVAF rainforest.
· The Giraffe Conservation Foundation – £2,000 towards giraffe conservation projects in Uganda.
· Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit – £1,850 towards the rescue of stranded marine animals around Scotland’s coastlines.
· The Scottish Raptor Study Group – £2,000 to purchase equipment for the tracking of goshawks and white-tailed sea eagles on the east coast of Scotland.
· The Corbett Foundation – £2,000 to protect Bengal tigers from open water hazards in the Bandavgarh Tiger Reserve in the central Indian highlands.
· Africat – £1,500 for a GPS satellite collar to track African lion in the Etosha National Park.
· The Hellenic Society – £1,000 to help protect populations of monk seal in the Mediterranean.
· Friends of Mau Watershed – £5,000 towards the commercial plantations in the care of the Kenya Forest Service.
To find out more about the projects supported by this year's donations, please visit https://www.blairdrummond.com/conservation