Based at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, CCF was formed in 2011 to raise funds for conservation and to highlight the importance of protecting the natural world. CCF made its first donation to WLT in 2012 when it made a donation to extend Cazaderos Reserve by an area equivalent to the size of Chessington World of Adventures Resort, 128 acres (52 hectares).
Cazaderos Reserve is owned and managed by Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador (NCEcuador), one of WLT’s four conservation partners in Ecuador. Situated in south west Ecuador near the Peruvian border, Cazaderos Reserve protects the highly threatened Tumbesian dry forest.
In 2013, CCF agreed to fund a ranger at Cazaderos, Guilbert Olaya. Since then Guilbert has developed an important role in the reserve, being involved in a range of activities including monitoring (for example, the influence of climate change on tree species and the impact of cattle on forest dynamics), community relations, mapping and patrolling.
“The Chessington Conservation Fund is committed to the ongoing support of a keeper to protect the Cazaderos reserve in Ecuador. We believe a continuing presence is essential to the longterm success of this project,” said Jon Merrington, Zoo Operations Assistant Manager.
In May two Chessington keepers, Lisa Britton and Colleen Ryan, are going out to Ecuador to visit the Cazaderos Reserve. “We are looking forward to hearing their first hand reports of the good work that goes on, on the ground, in the reserve,” said Jon.
Zoos and aquariums play an important role in protecting biodiversity by raising public awareness of conservation issues, maintaining collections of endangered species and supporting conservation in the wild. WLT's Wild Spaces programme enables zoos, aquariums and their associated bodies to support conservation in situ (in the wild).
For more details of WLT's Wildspaces programme, contact Kelly Jacobs, WLT Education, Outreach and Training Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org