Visitors to Drayton Manor Park earned their stripes on Saturday 29th July in aid of International Tiger Day when they took part in lots of fundraising activities including having their faces painted to raise funds for conservation charity, 21st Century Tiger.
Throughout the day, hundreds of people had their faces painted orange and black, creating a sea of tiger faces, and took part in tiger themed activities, tombolas and raffles to raise £700.00 for the charity, which channels money raised by the public, international zoo community and corporate supporters to carefully chosen wild tiger conservation projects around the world.
Drayton Manor Zoo is home to over 750 animals of 130 different species from all over the world, including a pair of critically endangered Sumatran Tigers, Dua and Dora. Chris Mitchell, Drayton Manor Zoo’s Manager, said: “100 years ago, 100,000 wild tigers roamed throughout Asia, now there could be as few as 3,200 – a reduction in population of 93%, with 40% of that having happened in the last ten years. It’s devastating that tigers are on the brink of extinction and International Tiger Day aims to raise awareness of their plight and try to halt their decline.”
Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching. In order to save them, their habitats must be protected and expanded and awareness of the desperate need for conservation needs to be increased.
Chris continues: “We’ve worked with this wonderful charity for 16 years and, so far, have raised almost £10,000 towards the important work that they do. We’ve held talks and feeds throughout the day at the zoo to educate our visitors about these beautiful and majestic big cats and what is being done to protect them around the world. We’d like to thank everybody for embracing their inner tiger and wearing their stripes with pride by taking part in the face painting challenge. The money raised will now go straight to 21st Century Tiger to help fund their vital work.”
Visitors can spot animals big or small, including the majestic Sumatran Tigers, Dua and Dora, at the 15-acre Drayton Manor Zoo, set in the heart of Staffordshire. The zoo is actively involved in a number of conservation projects both locally and internationally and also provides educational workshops for children, plus research opportunities and work experience for students.
To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950.