Wingham Wildlife Park is involved in a number of conservation projects both abroad and right here in Kent. Below are some of the great projects that we are currently involved in.
Rainforest S.O.S. is a new area of the park which focuses on raising greater awareness of deforestation and the impact it is having on wildlife around the world. The growing effects of deforestation are displayed as visitors journey past three primate exhibits in which trees become fewer and the area becomes quieter. Signs also provide information on subjects such as how deforestation is planned, and how everyone can be involved in tackling this growing issue by shopping more sustainably.
World Land Trust
There may only be as few as fifty Edward’s pheasants left in the wild according to the IUCN, making them one of the most endangered animals in the world. ‘The Silent Avery’ within Rainforest S.O.S, exhibits pictures and information about several bird species which have already become extinct. In addition to these there is also information about the critically endangered Edward’s pheasant.
The purpose of this exhibit is to raise awareness and funds for the species, whose population has experienced a dramatic decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation caused by deforestation. All of the money raised by this exhibit is donated to the World Land Trust for a conservation project in Khe Nuoc Trong, Vietnam. The WLT is protecting essential habitat for these pheasants by leasing the land in Khe Nuoc Trong and funding wildlife rangers to prevent illegal logging and hunting in the area.
Wingham Wildlife Park participate in two levels of EAZA’s (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) managed breeding programmes. The EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) and ESB (European Studbook) conserve healthy populations (within captivity), of some of the most vulnerable animal species in the world, while safeguarding their genetic well-being. This involves collaborating with and exchanging animals with other collections to breed individuals with the most diverse genes. The animals on these programmes at our park are,
- Cuban Crocodile
- Red Panda
- White Cheeked Gibbons
- Goeldi’s Monkeys
- Visayan Warty Pigs
- Spiny Hill Turtles
- Beaded Lizards
- Bush Babies
For more information on our conservation work check our conservation policy here, Our Conservation Policy