I was invited to the Blackpool Zoo VIP Conservation Evening to help to raise money for the CBD-Habitat Foundation…
Throughout the event Fran, Maddie, Chloe and I sold hundreds of raffle tickets 😀
There was a guest speaker, Pablo Fernandez who spoke about the issues of the low number of Mediterranean Monk Seals and how the charity helps.
There was the opportunity to name one of the sea lions and the name picked out of the bucket was Pablo!!!!
Afterwards, we watched a display:
To end an awesome evening with lots of fundraising fun…
I won a sea lion trainer experience which I will hopefully fit in this summer! I’m yet to complete the large mammals day from keeper academy and will be doing the graduate course at the end of the year. I’m so grateful for all of these amazing opportunities, I’ve met so many wonderful people as well as animals.
Here’s some information about the cause we raised money for from the Blackpool Zoo website:
‘The CBD-Habitat Foundation is an organisation dedicated to protecting Europe’s most endangered marine mammal, the Mediterranean monk seal.
Until recently, the monk seal was often seen on the coasts of the Mediterranean, but due to centuries of hunting, pollution, threats from the fishing industry and coastal development due to tourism, there are now less than 500 left in the wild. The Mediterranean monk seal is now classified as critically endangered (IUCN) and is one of the World’s top ten most endangered marine mammals.
Our parent company Parques Reunidos and all of its zoos and aquariums support the CBD-Habitat Foundation’s projects, and since 2011, thanks to the generosity of our visitors, we have raised more than £45,000. However, our help is still needed as the monk seal numbers are low (350-450 individuals) and they still face many threats to their survival. This money goes towards helping to expand and disperse the only monk seal colony left in the world at the Cabo Blanco peninsula (Morocco/Mauritania).
CBD-Habitat Foundation are:
•Establishing protected marine reserves to include no-fishing zones where the Mediterranean Monk seal is found
•Rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned seals
•Educating and raising public awareness
•Improving working conditions for fishermen
•Patrolling the coastal waters surrounding the breeding caves to prevent illegal drift gear
•Monitoring the colony to detect any changes and observe some basic aspects of their biology and ecology
As a result of this funding and effective conservation measures the colony is slowly starting to recover and last year (2015) 71 pups were born. ‘
I love getting involved in fundraising and look forward to future Blackpool Zoo events!