Kelly Jacobs, WLT's Education, Outreach & Training Manager, had an awareness stall in the main zoo, where she talked to visitors about various projects supported by Paradise Wildlife Park and BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The stall highlighted the work of WLT and its important wildlife conservation projects. Kelly was also able to tell visitors how donations from Paradise Wildlife Park have been used by WLT to further overseas conservation.
Two charities with links to the wildlife park - Friends of Paradise Wildlife Park and Wildlife Heritage Foundation - both donate generously to WLT and BIAZA projects.
Staff at the wildlife park are also enthusiastic fundraisers for WLT and in 2013 a group of them, known as Team Tapir, challenged themselves to make a terrifying bungee jump in the name of tapirs. They raised more than £2,500 for the conservation of tapir habitat in Ecuador.
“Paradise Wildlife Park has been a great supporter of the joint BIAZA-World Land Trust project since its inception; firstly supporting the purchase of a reserve in the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil, and then the costs of rangers to protect the reserve” said Kelly, adding, “The commitment of Paradise Wildlife Park and its staff to World Land Trust’s work to save threatened species in the wild is truly heartening and we thank everyone involved.”
After the daytime activity, in the evening Kelly gave a talk in the Discovery Centre at Paradise. Her presentation covered the history of WLT and a summary of past and present conservation projects. During the evening event Kelly accepted a donation of £1,000 from Friends of Paradise Wildlife Park, on behalf of WLT. The donation will go towards BIAZA Buy an Acre, which aims to raise £10,000 to purchase 100 acres in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda.
Zoos and aquarium that would like more information about how to support BIAZA Buy an Acre should contact Kelly Jacobs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals can support BIAZA Buy an Acre programme by making a donation at a participating zoo.
Paradise Wildlife Park in Brozbourne is set in 24 acres of beautiful woodland, six miles from the M25. As a member of BIAZA, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and the coveted WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Paradise Wildlife Park is highly regarded in the zoological community.
BIAZA is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in Britain and Ireland. BIAZA has more than 100 zoo and aquarium members who pride themselves on their excellent animal welfare, education and conservation work. BIAZA leads and supports its members and helps promote the work of good zoos and aquariums.