3 peaks blog

On 8th November 2019, an elite team of staff from Drayton Manor Park and Zoo are taking part in The National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Red Panda Network who work hard to save Red Pandas in the wild. Please help us hit our target.  You can donate here.

The Challenge

This challenge involves walking the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours and is not one for the faint-hearted. 

The challenge starts in Scotland at Ben Nevis, which at, 1,344 metres, or 4,409 ft is the tallest of the three. 

From there the expedition will drive south into the Lake District where they climb Scafell Pike (978 m, 3,209 ft).

The final of the three is the Welsh mountain, Snowdon, standing at no less than 1,085 m, 3,560 ft. 

The Red Panda Network 

Red Panda numbers are dwindling in Nepal as poaching and illegal trade is on the rise. The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of Nepal state that 90% of the nation’s cases related to wildlife crime goes unreported.

The Red Panda Network’s mission is to reduce the supply and demand by:

• Exposing the illegal red panda supply chain and  

• Educating the public on why red pandas must remain alive and wild and reduce the illegal trade demand. 

“The global red panda population has declined by 50% over the last 20 years.

“There may be as few as 2,500 remaining in the wild.”

Visit the link below to see what the organisation does with the money we raise.

The Red Panda Network is an organisation Drayton Manor Park and Zoo is delighted to support through sponsored physical challenges as well as for running International Red Panda Day in the zoo to highlight the plight of wild Red Pandas. The zoo is home to two adorable Red Panda’s, Tika and Pema, who are not only part of a managed population but also act as ambassadors for their wild counterparts.  
You can donate here.