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Chessington Conservation Evening

Volunteer Daisy East at WLT's stand at Chessington Conservation Evening 2013.
Date and Time: 
Saturday 28 June 2014, 6pm until dusk
Venue: 
Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Tickets: 
£6
Details: 

Staff of World Land Trust (WLT) met members of the public at a conservation evening at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey on Saturday 28 June 2014.

All proceeds from the evening went to Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF), which supports programmes to help protect the future of nature and wildlife - locally and globally.

Visitors to the event had a chance to chat to Chessington Zoo Keepers, to watch animal presentations and feeds, and to take part in an auction of exclusive meet and greets with some of Chessington’s fantastic animals. As well as WLT, other animal charities and organisations had stands at the event.

Chessington Conservation fund

Chessington Zoo and Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF) have supported WLT since 2010. In 2012 CCF made a donation of £12,800 to WLT to help expand the Cazaderos Tropical Forest Reserve in the dry forest of Ecuador.

Ranger Guilbert

Ranger Guilbert is employed as a ranger at Cazaderos Reserve thanks to funding from CCF. © NCEcuador

The reserve is owned and managed by one of WLT’s partners in Ecuador, Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador, and the donation was enough to extend the reserve by 128 acres (the same area of land that Chessington World of Adventures occupies).

The following year CCF donated £5,000 to WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme to support the employment of reserve ranger, Guilbert Hernando Olaya Aponte, in Cazaderos Reserve.

In 2014 CCF renewed its funding for ranger Guilbert for a second year.

Keepers of the Wild badge

At the event will be Kelly Jacobs, WLT’s Education, Training & Outreach Manager, and Charlotte Beckham, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Coordinator.

Kelly said: “Chessington Conservation Fund has made a valuable contribution to World Land Trust and the Cazaderos Reserve. The conservation evenings are a great way for us to meet CCF’s supporters and we always enjoy them.”

Wild spaces

World Land Trust’s Wild Spaces Programme gives zoos, aquariums and their associations the opportunity to support conservation in the wild. If you would like to know more about how your zoo can become involved with Wild Spaces please contact Kelly Jacobs for more information, kjacobs@worldlandtrust.org.

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