The wildlife park made two donations of £500 to save forest in Colombia in 2014. A year later, in May 2015 the park made a further donation of £1,000.
Kathleen Graham, Curraghs General Manager, said: “We are a small wildlife park but now that we have raised £2,000 for Colombia, we are determined to meet our £5,000 target to save 50 acres in all. We are using the 50th Anniversary year of the Wildlife Park to highlight our efforts to purchase ’50 acres for 50 years’”
Curraghs Wildlife Park is a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) member and a supporter of WLT’s Wild Spaces programme, which enables zoological collections and their associated bodies to meet their in situ conservation goals.
Kelly Jacobs is WLT’s Wild Spaces Project Manager. She said: “Congratulations to Curraghs. To save 20 acres of tropical forest in Colombia is a great achievement. The park is well on the way to meeting its target to save 50 acres in total and we look forward to hearing about future fundraising efforts.”
Located in Ballaugh, Isle of Man, Curraghs celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015. The park is on the edge of the Ballaugh Curraghs, a site of scientific interest (a Ramsar site), and attracts visitors from across the island and further afield. The money Curraghs donates is raised through craft activities, such as mask making, and events for children including Easter Egg hunts.
A member of BIAZA, Curraghs is home to endangered species, large cats, birds of prey, primates and family favourites such as Meerkats and Prairie Dogs.