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Curator Climbs for Conservation

© Colchester ZooColchester Zoo's curator, Sarah Forsyth, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro at the start of 2014 to raise awareness of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria's (EAZA) Pole to Pole campaign.

Sarah was joined by 10 others on the 7 day climb to the top of Africa's tallest mountain. The aim of the climb was to raise awareness of EAZA's Pole to Pole campaign, which is all about the environment and climate change, encouraging people to take action to reduce these impacts. Other than raising awareness for this vital campaign, Sarah also raised money for Colchester Zoo's charity Action for the Wild.

Action for the Wild would like  to thank her for her hard work in fundraising for the charity.

Zoo Staff leap 13,000ft for Leopard and Tiger Conservation!

skydive-webThroughout the autumn of 2013, 19 staff members of Colchester Zoo participated in a tandem jump from 13,000 feet for Action for the Wild.

The funds raised will be donated towards Action for the Wild's supported project with Wildlife Vets International. The project is part of a wider effort to assess the health of wild and captive Amur leopards and tigers and their prey base in the wild. The ultimate aim is to provide comprehensive disease screening of both wild and captive Amur leopards so a second population can be released into the wild.

Action for the Wild would like to thank the 'jumpers' for their fundraising efforts and their support of this vital conservation project.

Keep Standing Tall!

© Colchester ZooStand Tall for Giraffes celebrated the 50th birthday of Colchester Zoo with a public art trail of 112 giraffe sculptures, and at the same time raised vital funds for Action for the Wild for global conservation.

The sculptures were designed by schools and professional artists and appeared in a trail in Colchester, Ipswich, Maldon, Chelmsford, Clacton and Braintree, as well as by Tower Bridge at More London in the city.

Celebrity involvement included Sir David Attenborough, stars from Doctor Who, Michaela Strachan, Steve Leonard and BBC TV Deadly Art's Nicola Wood. Our grateful thanks goes to all Stand Tall's sponsors and the many thousands of people that got involved following the trail.

At the end of the trail the 2.5m giraffe sculptures were auctioned off along with two 1.3m giraffes which were signed by Doctor Who stars and David Attenborough. The auction raised £115,400!

Thank you to all our supporters, sponsors and artists for getting involved with this great project!

Action for the Wild is Colchester Zoo’s charitable arm

Action for the Wild became a charity in 2004

Action for the Wild has donated over £1.5 million to animal conservation to date