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Chessington donates £25,000 to extend reserve in Ecuador

22 June, 2015 - 16:45 -- World Land Trust
Nangaritza forests.
Chessington Conservation Fund logo.

Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF) has agreed to fund an extension of the Nangaritza Reserve in southern Ecuador with a £25,000 donation to World Land Trust (WLT).

The purchase will be carried out by Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador (NCEcuador), one of WLT’s partners in Ecuador.

In total CCF has donated £25,118 to safeguard the property. Purchasing the land was a priority in order to stop it being bought by silica and gold miners who would irreversibly damage the ecosystem.

Nangaritza is home to some of the highest levels of plant diversity in the world including, some fragile areas that have never been explored by scientists. The area is at risk of exploitation by illegal loggers and miners.

CCF is a charity set up by Chessington World of Adventures Resort. In 2012 CCF funded the creation of a nature reserve in south west Ecuador to protect 128 acres of threatened habitat, the same size as their resort in Surrey.

Chessington is a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) member and a supporter of WLT’s Wild Spaces programme

In addition to the funding of land purchase in Ecuador, CCF has provided additional funds to support Keeper of the Wild Guilbert Aponte. As a ranger for NCEcuador, Guilbert protects the Tumbesian forest of the Cazaderos Reserve.

In 2014 Chessington World of Adventures staff members Lisa Britton and Colleen Ryan visited Cazaderos to see how CCF donations are benefiting conservation and explore the flora and fauna of the reserve.

More information

Find out more about WLT’s Wild Spaces programme »

Chessington Conservation Fund: protecting a global biodiversity hotspot »


Submitted by Chris Redston on

Excellent to hear that Chessington is continuing to put something back for nature, and every bit of land that is protected - and kept out of the hands of the voracious extractive industries - is important, particularly as the Ecuadorian government have just announced that they are planning to lease a third of its territory in the Amazon rainforest to the Chinese for oil and gas exploration.

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