In a bid to raise awareness and fundraise for EAZA’s 2011 Ape campaign Dublin Zoo and 2wheels cycles have teamed up to lead a ‘Charity Cycle for Apes’. Spread over the 1st & 2nd of October, participants will travel 190km from Belfast Zoo to Dublin Zoo using only their hind legs and a two wheeled machine!
Fota wishes to show its support for the Ape Campaign and raise funds for our own contribution to this important cause. We have nominated Barry to take part as he put up the least resistance and his gangly features make him the most similar in appearance to a gibbon. He had this to say, ‘A lot of the staff have been saying I don’t have the legs so I’m going to try my hardest to get that monkey off my back. I want to emulate my hero Lance Apestrong’. Good luck to Barry. Visitors can now contribute sponsorship through reception and our gift shop and over the next number of weeks.
Throughout 2011 EAZA have been running the ape campaign. The six species of great apes and the sixteen species of gibbons are under threat from hunting, deforestation and disease. EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links over 320 zoological institutions across 35 nations. The purpose of such a network facilitator is to harbour co-operation within the European wildlife conservation community, and to promote education, research and progressive conservation.
Since the turn of the millennium EAZA has been involved in annual conservation campaigns that have addressed issues such as the bush-meat trade, population losses in iconic animals such as the big cats with the last campaign focussing on carnivore loss Europe wide. All of the apes are threatened and almost all are either endangered or critically endangered which emphasizes the need to improve upon our efforts at preserving them. The funds raised by the ape campaign will prove vital in a number of specific conservation projects in the coming years.
Find more information at www.apecampaign.org
If anyone wishes to take part in the Cycle for apes or get some additional information it can all be found here http://www.2wheels.ie/?page_id=1173