Celebrating another Conservation Awareness Day with our Pride of Pembrokeshire
Members of our zoo team helped organise activities to celebrate World Lion Day last Thursday, and raise much needed funds for lion conservation.
World Lion Day is a celebration of these majestic big cats and to raise awareness of their decline in the wild. This was one of the conservation awareness days happening throughout this year to highlight our commitment to conservation.
Folly Farm supports Lions by working with the Safina Lion Conservation Fund and we were delighted to be joined by James and Sophie from the charity to celebrate and share their knowledge of these fantastic felines.
On the day there was lots to keep our younger guests entertained, from colouring, appearances from character costume, Llew the lion and lots of lion-themed games. Families enjoyed watching the lions being fed and listening to talks about our pride and their cousins in the wild.
Lion photos were on display and guests were able to read about the projects that Safina Lion Conservation helps to contribute towards. Our raffle was incredibly popular, with the winners receiving prizes of soft toys and plaster casts of our very own pride’s paw prints.
With your help, were able to raise a ‘roar-some’ £325.20 which will go towards the newly launched Boma Strengthening Scheme. Funds will be used to improve protection of livestock that are based close to lion habitat, by strengthening the enclosures (bomas) that the animals are held in at night. This scheme helps to reduce lion attacks on livestock, and therefore reduces the likelihood of people harming lions.
James from Safina stated:
Since 2018, we have been able to assist Safina with their programmes thanks to the generosity of our guests visiting the park and a percentage of the sales of our adoption packs. So far, we have helped Safina to fund the wages of a Lion Guardian named Kuya Kipampa. Lion Guardians are traditional Massai warriors that are taught the skills needed to effectively mitigate conflict between people and wildlife, monitor lion populations, and help their own communities live side by side with lions. Amazing stuff!
In 2020 we helped with the Future Kings Project, helping with the purchase and fitting of radio tracking collars to young male lions to monitor their movements around human settlements.
Thank you to those of you that joined us on the day and contributed to our final total. Our next Conservation Day is Primate Day on Wednesday 23rd August, why not bring your little monkeys to meet ours?!