It has been a busy first year for our Research and Conservation team here at Knowsley Safari Park and they aren’t quite finished yet with a Space for Giants event planned for 14th December at Knowsley Hall where guest speakers will be there to talk about the work being done with elephants in Africa. There are still some seats left if you want to book a place click here for details.
The team have done a brilliant job in organising events throughout 2011 and have helped to raise some much needed funds for some very worthy animal charities, not least of which was Save the Rhino who were chosen as Knowsley Safari Parks charity of the year for 2011.
One of the key events of the years activities was the Rhino Rally, a weekend event set up to raise awareness of the fact that rhino are still endangered and still being poached for their horn which is used in medicines even though it has no health benefits at all! The Rhino Rally was run over a weekend in August and those that visited had a fantastic time with a number of visitors paying a little extra for a rhino experience and the chance to meet our keepers.
A number of other charities benefitted from the hard work of the team this year too with The Bat Conservation Trust, Giraffe Conservation, Red Squirrels, and the Merseyside Biobank all being involved in the talks and events that have been held at the park. The R&C team have also kept the park involved in a number of other projects including….
REGUA- Along with other BIAZA members, we have donated money towards the creation of a reserve of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil. BIAZA, the World Land Trust and its partner REGUA, intend to purchase land for a 1,500 ha reserve, 80km from Rio de Janeiro in South America. The Atlantic Rainforest is disappearing rapidly, there is only 7% of it left and we feel we can help to restore as much of this lost habitat as possible. This will benefit generations to come, both in the human and animal world. www.regua.co.uk
Save The Rhino- KSP are now affiliated with Save-The-Rhino. We have donated £6000 to the Lowveld rhino trust for one of their newly formed programmes. In 2011, we aim to match this donation through fundraising and educational events- Rhino Runs, evening talks and fundraising collections. All rhino species face major threats due to habitat loss, and primarily poaching. Save-the-rhino work directly with communities to encourage habitat protection and whole ecosystem protection. KSP’s long-term support will allow the Lowveld Project a secure financial base www.savetherhino.org
Endangered Wildlife Trust- Our group of African Hunting Dogs arrived in 2006. We ran a fundraising campaign for the summer of 2007 which raised over £11,000. This money was split between two projects in South Africa which are involved with the conservation of these endangered animals in the wild. We continue our support and links to the organisations, currently our funds have allowed for radio-tracking collars to be used on several packs of dogs to monitor them. Anti-snare collars have also been funded, and continued anti-poaching patrols. The EWT encompasses whole habitats thus whilst protecting Wild Dog habitat, other species are protected. To read more about Wild Dog research click here
Primate Society of Great Britain – KSP sponsors the PSGB annually. In 2008 two field project grants were given allowing research into the Wild Bornean Tarsier and Slow Loris. The funds allowed full research into species ecology, and threats to both species to be assessed, essentially habitat loss. Conservation action can now be directed to improve habitat and create wildlife corridors. The second grant allowed the Assessment of an unprotected forest corridor for the dispersal of isolated Cross-River gorilla and Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee populations in Southwest Cameroon. www.psgb.org
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