Briton’s ‘ Noah’s Ark’ dream to save wildlife
A BRITISH entrepreneur has helped develop what is set to be the world’s largest and most technically advanced conservation park.
Richard Prinsloo Curson has spent the last four years planning the project in South Africa, which is set to cost £ 5billion. The project, called Noah’s Ark, will cover 100 square kilometres in KwaZulu- Natal.
Richard, 40, of Cambridgeshire, said: “The animal kingdom is at crisis point.
“Climate change, overdevelopment, farming, ocean plastic, big game hunting and poaching are driving thousands of species off the face of the planet.”
In 2018 the World Wildlife Fund found humans had wiped out 60 per cent of animals since 1970.
The park will aim to preserve all species by creating effective breeding programmes and undertaking research aimed at increasing the population of endangered species.
It will also guard animals on the endangered list against biological, predatory and poaching threats.
An unnamed team member said in a promotional video: “The park will not only give us space to be able to study these animals and breed them, but also allows us to conserve them for future generations.”
Richard founded Noah’s Ark in 2016 with his South African husband Hein, 35. Work on the project is set to start soon.
He said: “We owe it to future generations to preserve the natural world or our children will be left fighting the horrific consequences of climate change.”
A film crew has followed the park’s planning and the 12- part TV series will start on January 11 on Sky channel Globetrotter. Richard has set up a Go Fund Me page at https:// bit. ly/ 32utUDH