13th August 2015
Local MEP, Ashley Fox (Conservative), met with Dr Bryan Carroll this morning at Bristol Zoological Society’s Wild Place Project just North of Bristol to hear of the exciting developments planned over the coming years. The new wildlife park has expanded considerably since opening two years ago with wolves, cheetahs, red river hogs and meerkats all being recent additions. Now Dr Carroll has his sights set a little higher and is hoping to introduce giraffes within the next two years.
“We are really excited about the possibility to bring Giraffes to North Bristol,” comments Dr Carroll. “What many people don’t realise is that there are now fewer than 80,000 giraffes in the wilds of Africa compared to 450,000 elephants, and yet everyone knows that elephant numbers are in trouble. Our proposals here will help support global conservation efforts to save these endangered animals.”
The Zoo is currently running a campaign to help raise the money to turn these ambitious plans into a reality. Readers can learn more at http://www.wildplace.org.uk/explore-park/giraffe-house-appeal. The plans don’t stop here. In the coming years, the Wild Place Project is hoping to build on its British Ancient Woodland theme, which currently features the wolves, Wildlife History section (where the wolves are currently situated) by introducing a grand enclosure featuring lynx, bears and wolverines as well as wolves. All four species were once widespread across the British Isles.
“Not only are these two projects exciting for staff and visitors of the park,” adds Mr Fox, “but the Conservation work that the Zoo and the Wild Place Project conducts is invaluable in supporting wildlife preservation and promoting sustainable farming across the globe. I was delighted to be able to attend, hear of the ambitions for the future and look forward to supporting their efforts in the years to come.”