On the 19th September 2018, a team made up of members from the zoo keeping and gardens sections at Colchester Zoo will be taking part in the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise funds for two Action for the Wild supported projects; the Red Panda Network and the Komodo Survival Program.

The Red Panda Network is dedicated to the conservation of red pandas in Nepal. This charity plays a vital role in protecting the remaining forests in the red panda’s natural habitat, including helping to restore degraded forests. They also employ members from the local community to become national forest guardians to protect the red pandas against poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.

The Komodo Survival Program carries out Komodo dragon conservation on the Wae Wuul Nature Reserve, on the island of Flores in Indonesia. The project is committed to community awareness and patrolling and law enforcement in order to protect the Komodo dragons. The charity also involves the local community with the protection and conservation of the Komodo dragons; therefore providing income to these communities within Flores.

The team have chosen these  species as they are both unique and important in their own right; with red panda populations now classed as endangered (red panda populations have decreased by 50% in the last 20 years) and Komodo dragon populations classed as vulnerable (there is estimated to be only 350 breeding female komodo dragons left in the wild). It is more important than ever to help these species!

If you would like to help support the team in their efforts, please click here: https://www.everyclick.com/3peakschallengeczoo; any support is greatly appreciated. The challenge the team are taking on will be tough, but absolutely worth it to help these animals in the wild!

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