Do­na­tions will help en­dan­gered an­i­mals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

THE John Aspinall Foun­da­tion is tak­ing to the streets to raise money for an­i­mals fac­ing ex­tinc­tion.

Fund-rais­ers will be knock­ing door-to-door in the Can­ter­bury area un­til the end of March col­lect­ing for the foun­da­tion’s con­ser­va­tion work.

The char­ity, which runs Port Lympne and Howletts Wild An­i­mal Parks, breeds rare and en­dan­gered species such as the west­ern low­land go­rilla and re­turns them to the wild.

It man­ages two go­rilla res­cue and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects in Africa and has re­leased black and Su­ma­tran rhino and Prze­wal­ski’s horses to their na­tive coun­tries.

The foun­da­tion’s latest project is to re­turn the Bar­bary lion to its na­tive land of Morocco.

But the con­ser­va­tion work does not come cheap. It costs £400,000 a year to run the African projects alone and £100,000 a year to feed the char­ity’s herd of black rhino.

Damian Aspinall urged peo­ple to make a do­na­tion, no mat­ter how small.

Just £7 a month could buy dried milk for a young go­rilla and £10 a month could help the char­ity mon­i­tor the bush-meat trade in a lo­cal town.

“This work is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. Th­ese in­cred­i­ble crea­tures be­long to all of us and we need help to help them be­fore it is too late,” Mr Aspinall said.

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