The UK Government has today announced increased funding to protect global biodiversity and prevent extinction.
As a major conservation charity, we welcome any steps in the right direction. We are facing a mass extinction crisis and many species are under threat. It is vital that we act but extra resources are urgently needed.
We are proud to have been awarded the Government’s ‘Darwin Initiative’ funding in the past for our global conservation work. We recently welcomed the Environment Minister to the zoo to demonstrate the impact this funding has. We’ve used it to help local communities find ways to live side by side with threatened wildlife across the globe.
Our human-wildlife conflict experts have helped communities in Nepal to live in greater harmony with their native tiger population. Our conservationists are working in Bolivia, right now, to develop sustainable livelihoods, reducing conflict with endangered Andean bears. These projects are successfully preventing extinction. Our world needs more of them. We look forward to working with Government and our partners to ensure the new resources are targeted to address the world’s most pressing conservation crises.