Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation boosted by energy firm

Latest news in Yorkshire: November 18, 2017 09:02:52 AM

An energy firm has boosted the work of the acclaimed Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation with a £1,029 donation.

The funds, raised by leading energy consultancy Effective Utilities, will help conservation projects run by the charity, based at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The park, based at Branton, near Doncaster, is home to a unique collection of endangered species and its Foundation is a leading light in animal welfare projects around the globe.

“Donations like this really help us to make a difference and create a better world for wild animals and we are thrilled and grateful to receive it,” said Foundation trustee Cheryl Williams.

“We support animal projects across the globe and our aim is to educate and inspire people to support conservation and animal welfare of endangered species.

“Every donation counts and allows us to continue our mission to save the lives of the world’s most endangered animals.”

Richard Cox, CEO of the Nottinghamshire based company, added: “Giving back to the local community is something we value highly. A company in our Effective Energy Group is based in Doncaster and that was what attracted us to Foundation.

“We want the local people to know that we are as committed to the local community as they are. The animals at the park bring a smile to many people so by helping the foundation we are also helping to put a smile on thousands of people’s faces.”

The Foundation was established in 2013 with its Lion Rescue project which saved 13 lions from a rundown zoo in Romania and brought them to the park.

It has supported countless international projects including the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, The Giraffe Conservation Foundation and projects in Africa supporting the endangered Painted Hunting Dogs.

The Foundation also funded two key Save the Rhino schemes, improving the safety of threatened Rhino’s in Kenya, supported conservation projects in Madagascar for blue-eyed black lemurs and is instrumental in a global fight to protect endangered polar bears.

The park, which has grown from 66,000 annual visitors when opened in 2009 to a record 761,000 last year, puts conservation at the heart of all its activities.

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