Kelly will be raising awareness of the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild project, which is funded by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) and supported by Paradise Wildlife Park. The BIAZA Keepers of the Wild project is a joint initiative with WLT which raises funds for rangers working on the reserves that have been created and are protected by WLT's overseas prjoect partners
During the day, there will be a WLT stall in the heart of the zoo in Broxbourne. The stall will highlight the work of WLT, with staff on hand to describe WLT's important wildlife conservation projects. WLT staff will also be able to describe how donations from Paradise Wildlife Park have been used.
Two charities with links to the wildlife park - Friends of Paradise Wildlife Park and Wildlife Heritage Foundation - both donate generously to the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild initiative, which funds rangers in five WLT project areas.
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 have been great supporters 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, WLT's Education, Outreach & Training Manager, 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. We are really looking forward to this event, which is especially important because it is taking place in the Trust’s 25th anniversary year.”
After the daytime activity, in the evening Kelly will give a talk in the Discovery Centre at Paradise. Her presentation will cover the history of WLT and a summary of past and present conservation projects. She will also focus on the BIAZA Keepers of the Wild project.
Normal entry to Paradise Wildlife Park applies for the daytime event, and the evening event will be ticketed at £5 per person. For more information or to buy your tickets to the evening event, please contact Carly via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01992 470490 ext 236.
WLT launched its Keepers of the Wild programme in 2011 to assist WLT’s overseas conservation partners with the costs of employing wildlife rangers. These Keepers of the Wild play in important role in protecting reserves funded by WLT, and monitoring the wildlife on the reserves.
Zoos and aquarium that would like more information about how to support BIAZA Keepers of the Wild should contact Kelly Jacobs, email@example.com.
Individuals can support WLT's Keepers of the Wild programme by making a donation.
Paradise Wildlife Park is set in 24 acres of beautiful woodland, and is only 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.
British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (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.