Lottery players £1/4m helps trample illegal wildlife trade

A greater-one horned rhinoceros called Hugo smashes a six-foot wall of boxes - as he celebrates a ‘lottery win’ for wild rhinos.

ZSL’s greater one horned rhinos say thank you to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo stacked a six-foot-high wall of specially decorated boxes, packed with the Hugo’s favourite treats. The one-horned rhino wasted no time toppling the boxes over, upon discovering they had apples, bananas and bamboo treats inside.

Hugo has every right to be grateful, as the funding awarded by the players from People’s Postcode Lottery will support an upgrade to ZSL’s pioneering wildlife protection tool, Instant Detect. The upgraded technology will begin its testing stages in Nepal, the Rhinos native range, in 2018.

The funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, totalling £250,000 will be used in some of the world’s most demanding environments, improving response times to illegal wildlife activity.

The funding will also support ZSL conservation initiatives including community-based projects in Cameroon’s west coast Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve and surrounding area. The reserve is home to the Vulnerable African manatee, wildly known as the sea cow, as well as a variety of sharks and rays. ZSL’s Net-Works programme, a community-based scheme that recycles fishing nets, which are a major source of plastic pollution that is hazardous to marine life, will be expanding.

ZSL’s Fundraising Director, James Wren says; “We are incredibly grateful to the players at People’s Postcode Lottery. Without their support, this funding would not have become a reality. The donation has allowed us to update our technology to continue the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. We can also continue the expansion of our impactful conservation programmes in Cameroon allowing us to protect a greater number of wild animals.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, says; “It’s really exciting that players will be supporting the ZSL’s work around the world. We hope that the funding for these amazing projects will have a positive impact on the charity’s hugely important conservation work.”

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