Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. Ask any staff member and they will tell you that what drives them is their passion for conservation - the ability to make a difference to wildlife and the environment, and to inspire others to do the same. By giving our visitors the chance to have amazing up-close animal encounters, we hope to inspire them to value wildlife.
Project Elephant will secure the future of elephants here at Blackpool Zoo, but it will also play a huge role in our efforts to secure the future of Asian elephants in the wild.
Supporting the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust
The future of Asian Elephants in areas such as Sri Lanka is an uncertain one, and both long-term and short-term strategies are urgently needed if these elephants are to be saved. Awareness is one of the conservation strategies that has been adopted, especially for those living in the areas of human-elephant conflict.
The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT), a charity who's aim is to educate, inform and change people’s attitudes towards these magnificent animals, have launched an awareness programme in schools in areas where there has been conflicts. The interactive programme addresses the value of elephants, the causes of conflict, how to minimise the conflicts and stresses the need for conservation.
BECT also carry out vital work in the field, including training vets on specialised programmes, supporting the families of those killed by elephants, studying and tracking elephant travelling routes, monitoring baby elephants after they have been reintroduced into the wild and surveying the tame elephant population in Sri Lanka.
With the incredible generosity of our visitors, we have been able to raise over £35,500 over the past 12 years to support BECT and the fantastic work they do. This is something we are extremely proud of and hope to continue to do as we work to develop our new elephant facility.