Your stay helps look after animals in our care…
EXOTIC SPECIES CONSERVATION IN THE WILD
Wildlife collections have a very important part to play in the conservation of the species they hold. This can be through captive breeding programmes, where individual animals are moved between zoos and safari parks so that the best breeding pairs can be set up to maintain lots of wild type genetic diversity in the captive populations. Captive animal collections can also help species in the wild by raising the profile of their species and by directing funds to on the ground conservation projects and programmes. Here at the Park, we’re trying to assist the conservation of every species you see from a Lodge.
Cheetah were once found through much of Asia and Africa, but are believed to remain in only 10% of their historic range, with conflicts with humans being one of the major threats to them. We have supported an innovative programme developed by The Cheetah Outreach Trust.
They give farmers specially bred and trained ‘livestock guarding dogs’ (LGD), which live with herd animals to prevent predation of the livestock.
This way, the farmers are less likely to feel the need to shoot or poison cheetah on their land. You can find out about this programme and even how to sponsor a LGD: Click Here.
AFRICAN ELEPHANT CONSERVATION
Around 90% of African elephants have been wiped out in the past century. Poaching (illegal hunting) for ivory was a major historic cause, but now an equal threat is the loss of habitat caused by ongoing human population expansion.
There are many conservation projects underway to help wild elephants. We support the Mali Elephant Project (MEP) through the UK conservation charity, TUSK. Mali has a small, isolated population of rare desert elephants. In 2017, it was estimated that if poaching was not reduced, the entire population could be wiped out by 2021.
MEP helps local people to stand up to international poaching networks and protect this unique herd. You can give to the MEP here: Click Here.
RED PANDA CONSERVATION
In 2015, the IUCN (a conservation authority) stated that the red panda was classed as Endangered, because it was estimated that its population had likely declined by 50% over the preceding three generations.
Human encroachment is a major factor driving the decline in red panda populations. Humans are cutting down forests for logging, clearing forests for farming, herding with dogs and also poaching.
West Midland Safari Park is supporting the Red Panda Network (RPN). RPN is committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities.
You can make a donation to them: Click Here.
HOMES FOR OUR ANIMALS
The Safari Lodges development is centred around upgrading our animal facilities, in creating stimulating and enriching environments. The new habitats are designed to allow further expression of their natural behaviours and staying in our lodges will help fund future improvements for more of the Park’s amazing animals.
For example, in our new elephant valley, there are outdoor pools, mud wallows and multiple feeding areas. The new cheetah facility has plenty of cover to make the cats feel safe and high points, as they like to be able to view their surroundings from vantage points.
Our lodge developments have been designed with native species conservation in mind. Care was taken during the development not to harm some of the beautiful, mature trees in the area.
Additional trees and wildflower seeds were planted around the lodges, and as they grow, we hope they will attract more native species to West Midland Safari Park.
The UK has lost over 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930’s, so replanting native wildflowers is very important.
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