Today Eagle Athletic Club donated €5,500 to Fota Wildlife Park, the funds were raised from the Cheetah Run an annual 5 km road race, a fundraiser for Fota Wildlife Park, a conservation charity organisation. The money raised from this year’s event will be used to support giraffe conservation efforts in the wild, through the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
Fota Wildlife Park is home to a herd of 10 Rothschild Giraffe who are very popular with visitors. In the wild these animals face many challenges, and the tallest land animal world is already extinct in at least seven African countries, with giraffe numbers having declined significantly throughout their range in the last century, and almost 90% of their habitat lost in the past three centuries.
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is taking active steps to help these iconic animals, through combined efforts with governments, NGOs, conservationists, zoos, and other stakeholders, inspiring successful conservation actions throughout the African continent. The foundation supports giraffe conservation efforts in over 100 million acres of giraffe habitat throughout Africa and have been involved in re-introduction programmes of giraffe and augmented populations in over 10 million acres of quality habitat.
On June 30th this year, Fota Wildlife Park were delighted to host to a talk from Julian and Stephanie Fennessy, the Co-Founders and senior management team of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, when they presented ‘Saving Africa’s Giraffe – A Conservation Success Story’ to staff and visitors. The event was part of a series of events throughout the summer, celebrating 40 years of Fota Wildlife Park.
The Eagle AC 5K Cheetah Run has taken place yearly since 2009 and also includes a separate 1-mile run for younger runners. As well as being a fun and uniquely set road race, it is also a fundraiser for Fota Wildlife Park and the monies raised go towards a specific conservation project. In previous years these donations have been used to support the Park’s native species conservation projects, including Ladybirds, Natterjack toads and the Corncrake.
We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled by the great fundraising done by the Eagle AC committee, race organisers and supporters year after year. The event is always a highlight on the Fota Wildlife Park event calendar, every May.
A big thank you from us here at the Park to all the Eagle AC team, those who volunteered on the night, the staff of the park, all at Fota House and the OPW.
We look forward to welcoming the Eagle AC crew back to the Wildlife Park again!