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Bri­ton’s ‘ Noah’s Ark’ dream to save wildlife

- By Steph Spyro

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

 ??  ?? The con­ser­va­tion park is set to be a tourist at­trac­tion
The con­ser­va­tion park is set to be a tourist at­trac­tion
 ??  ?? Safe... the park will pro­tect all species
Safe... the park will pro­tect all species
 ??  ?? Ark of tri­umph... how the £ 5bil­lion park will look
Ark of tri­umph... how the £ 5bil­lion park will look

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