Donations will help endangered animals
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.