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Conservation Fund

Conservation Fund

In 2019 the Curraghs Wildlife Park conservation fund donated to three global initiatives; Javan Primate Conservation Project, Aloatra Lemur Project and the Red Panda Network

Check out our Conservation Fund Targets for 2020. 

Javan Primate Conservation Project

  • Rehabilitation project for wild gibbons
  • More than £6,300 donated since 2017
  • Target for 2019 – £1,000.
  • We donated £1,000

This project rehabilitates silvery gibbons and langurs into a safe forest in Java. The centre receives these primates mostly from confiscations by authorities – the animals were originally stolen from the wild. The money we donate goes towards cost of food, veterinary bills, staff time to ensure they can survive in the wild and release. The project is run by the Aspinall Foundation. Silvery gibbons are endangered with around 2,000 mature gibbons found in Java and nowhere else.

Aloatra Lemur Project

  • Habitat and species protection, collection of scientific data and education for locals
  • Target for 2019 – £1,000 or more 
  • We donated £1,500

This project protects the habitat and individual gentle lemurs around Lake Aloatra in Madagascar. They are Critically Endangered, with less than 2,000 in the wild and those only existing in one very small area. The money goes towards wardens to patrol the area, collection of data to help conserve the species and the education of locals and school children so they can understand how important it is to look after the species. The project is run by the Durrell trust.

Red Panda Network

  • Community Monitoring and habitat protection
  • £500 donated in 2018
  • Target for 2019 – £1,000
  • We donated £1,200

This project has a community focus to educate and train local people to be guardians of the forest, making conservation of red pandas financially beneficial to local people to help prevent poaching. It is well supported by many EAZA zoos and is a charity in its own right. The red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years and there may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild. Red pandas' conservation status is Endangered.

Other Notable Donations

  • £1,500 to the Australian Zoo Association (AZA) in response to the bush fires that have devastated their wildlife
  • £5,000 donated to World Land Trust to buy 50 acres of Rainforest in South America (2015)
  • £500 to Keepers of the Wild, a BIAZA initiative 
  • £300 to Thandi Endangered Species Association (African Rhinos)  

Future Conservation Work - 2020 targets

Sphenisco, Marine Protection Area Chile

Target – £2000 

Sphenisco is working towards establishing a conservation area near the coast of Chile and Peru, in order to protect the hunting and breeding grounds of the Humboldt penguin. Sphenisco’s work involves caring for ill and injured animals, intervening when penguins are taken illegally from the wild, environmental education and ecological habitat conservation. Due to a declining population caused in part by overfishing and climate change, the Humboldt penguin is threatened. The current population is estimated at 32,000 mature individuals.

The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL)

Target – £2,000

The Lemur Conservation Association (AEECL) is a zoo-managed conservation organisation based in Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park in Madagascar. The main aims of the charity are based on the conservation of the lemur species within the park, with a specific focus on the critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur. Our goals are to research, protect and restore the vital ecosystems these conservation-dependent species inhabit, collaborating with local communities and authorities to achieve a sustainable and biodiverse habitat for the future.

Javan Primate Project (see above)

Target – £1,000

Manx Wildlife Trust

The Island’s leading conservation charity works to protect our unique environment, on land and in the sea. This year we will support MWT's Manx Shearwater Project. Look out for updates on our social media pages and website!