Dartmoor Zoo offers an amazingly educational, informative and exciting venue for the family to find out more about the natural world and the threats faced by many species.
The zoo is shifting gear from a dependence on seasonal tourists towards becoming a charity focusing on research and education, and is setting up a crowdfunding campaign to help the transition.
The move comes ‘two global recessions and five of the wettest English summers on record’, and despite the glitter of Hollywood’s We Bought A Zoo (based on Dartmoor Zoo owner Ben Mee‘s bestselling book of the same name).
The crowdfunder, on Thunderclap, is launching on November 17, 2014, and aims to ‘enable the zoo to become a charity, based on Dartmoor, for the next 100 years’.
In the blurb to the crowdfunding (which goes by the #CrowdfundDartmoorZoo), Dartmoor Zoo says:
Our aspirations for the future are unashamedly ambitious – and will have a global impact.
As well as developing our international conservation and education programmes, we aim to establish a world class research centre in animal cognition, exploring animal consciousness to promote the rights and welfare of animals everywhere.
But our project is also about regenerating people, using the platform of the zoo to encourage volunteering, training and education, from pre-school to postgraduate and beyond. People from around the world have been inspired by this story of hope.
Now everyone can actively participate in keeping this hope alive.