West Midland Safari Park is looking forward to launching its annual Summer Nights event at the end of July. This year the focus will be on fundraising for some of the world’s most vulnerable and endangered species.
For five weeks, the park will be raising awareness for different animals, including bumblebees, Sumatran tigers, penguins, Grévy’s zebras and African elephants. Each campaign aims to highlight the plight of the animals in the wild while working alongside the associated charities to offer visitors information on how they can help:
Bumblebee Conservation Trust – www.bumblebeeconservation.org
WildCats Conservation Alliance – conservewildcats.org
Global Penguin Society – www.globalpenguinsociety.org
Grévy’s Zebra Trust – www.grevyszebratrust.org
Mali Elephant Project – www.wild.org/mali-elephants/ and www.tusk.org/projects/mali-elephant-project/
Various activities will also be on offer during Summer Nights, including competitions, animal-related crafts in the Safari Academy and the opportunity to write messages on the Conservation Wish Tree.
There will also be a chance to win a VIP Experience related to each animal every week. These exclusive experiences are a great opportunity to get up close and personal to these fantastic animals and to learn more about their daily routines and personalities.
Katie McDonald, Research and Conservation Officer, said: “We are so pleased to be able to champion five different conservation causes during the summer holidays. Every one of the charities we are working for supports animals to which West Midland Safari Park is particularly committed, either because we have them in our collection, like Grévy’s zebra and Sumatran tigers, or in the case of bumblebees because we want to encourage them onto our site.”
She continued: “Just like our chosen conservation animals themselves, the threats to wildlife are very varied. However, there is a common theme; all these creatures are struggling in the wild because of human activity making their natural environment less hospitable for them. Our activities during the summer will show that some human actions can help not harm these fantastic animals. Please come and help us support these innovative conservation projects!”
Summer Nights runs from 28 July to 2 September with extended opening hours until 8.30pm (last entry 6pm). Further information and discounted tickets are available from the park’s website www.wmsp.co.uk
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