- Published 31/10/2017 It’s looking a lot like Christmas … at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Wild Place Project is sticking its neck out to save giraffes.
Bristol Zoological Society has just launched a Giraffe House Appeal, designed to raise £750,000 to build an immersive, state-of-the-art giraffe exhibit which will symbolise the work the charity will be carrying out in Africa to save giraffes.
Giraffes are disappearing quickly and quietly towards extinction, with the population falling from 140,000 to less than 80,000 in just 15 years. If nothing is done to protect giraffes from poaching, bushmeat trade and habitat loss, there is a real chance they will become extinct.
Dr Bryan Carroll, Bristol Zoological Society’s CEO says: “Now is the time to fight for the survival of giraffes in the wild. At Wild Place Project we want to give people an unforgettable experience with giraffes here in Bristol, whilst being at the forefront of conserving giraffes in Africa. We want the people of Bristol and beyond to take ownership and be proud of the Giraffe House and what it will mean for the future of giraffes in the wild.”
Giraffes will join the zebra and eland in Wild Place Project’s ‘Edge of Africa’ exhibit. The Giraffe House will offer guests the opportunity to come face-to-face with giraffes from its high-level viewing platform.
Wild Place Project opened in summer 2013 and has since introduced cheetahs, wolves, red river hogs and 12 metre adventure climbing wall, Leap of Faith.
Bryan continued: “The public has shown us a great deal of support throughout Wild Place Project’s development and we are proud to be advancing on all fronts with a Giraffe House which will represent the conservation work we’ll be doing in Africa to save the world’s tallest land mammal.”
To find out more or to make a donation, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/giraffehouse.
Visitors to Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, east Africa and the Congo and find out how it is helping to conserve them in the wild. Guests can also take a stroll in the woods, relax in the Tower Meadow or have fun in the undercover Fun Fort.
For more information about visiting Wild Place Project, visit the website or phone 0117 980 7175.
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