About Action for the Wild
Colchester Zoo has always cared passionately about the world's threatened species, and created its charity Action for the Wild to assist projects worldwide.
It provides both financial and technical assistance, and aims to raise awareness among local people in community conservation programmes, as well as supporting conservation research.
Since 2004, when Action for the Wild achieved charitable status, over £700,000 has been donated to a broad spectrum of conservation projects worldwide, and encompasses a wide range of species from orangutans to vultures, pygmy hippos to komodo dragons and elephants to moths.
Over the last 5 years, Action for the Wild has been working to set up the 5,000 hectare UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. They have been working to rehabilitate the land, which was previously managed as separate cattle farms, to return it to a healthy state after the intensive grazing, and also to release native animal species back onto the reserve.
Fourteen species have been released; these species include zebra, nyala, giraffe, red hartebeest, blesbok, waterbuck, common reedbuck, blue wildebeest, ostrich and most notably, white rhinoceros. Since their release, many species have also given birth.
For 2013, Colchester Zoo’s charitable arm, Action for the Wild, will be supporting 20 projects, many of which we are continuing with our support. This year 4 new projects will be supported these include;
- West Visayas Biodiversity Conservation Programme
- François’ Langur Conservation
- Proyecto Mono Tocón
- Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL)/Lwiro Primate Sanctuary
More on these and all the projects being supported by Action for the Wild can be found here on the current project page.
François’ Langur Conservation update
The François’ Langur Conservation programme was set up in 2012...
Action for the Wild’s funds help build a new otter enclosure
In June, Action for the Wild’s donation of £4,000 was sent to the...
Canine Distemper Virus confirmed as an emerging disease in Amur tigers
Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild, has been...
Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild, helps The Orangutan Foundation receive €21,000
The Orangutan Foundation has received €21,000 from the EAZA Ape...
Action for the Wild funds put to good use by Save the Rhinos
Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild, has been raising...