Planned closure for BBC Wildlife Fund
Wednesday 27 July 2011
The BBC executive board has announced the planned closure of the BBC Wildlife Fund.
The BBC Wildlife Fund has supported several conservation projects run by ZSL, including Project Seahorse , and the conservation of western lowland gorillas in Africa which addressed the dangerous impact of the bushmeat trade. Project Seahorse, which has been running since 1996 has, among other successes, generated 33 locally managed marine protected areas in the Philippines to protect all marine life, and was awarded ‘Best Field Conservation Project’ by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) in 2009.
Professor Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes at ZSL, said:
“The BBC Wildlife Fund has provided invaluable support to endangered species, from protecting seahorses from dynamite fishing in the Philippines to funding new protected areas for gorillas in Africa. In a time when the natural world is under unprecedented pressure, the BBC Wildlife Fund is needed now more than ever.”
An online petition has been set up to gather support from individuals against this planned closure. You can sign the petition on www.savebbcwildlifefund.net .