Wild Place Project launches appeal 'Saving wildlife together'
The Bristol Zoological Society, which owns Bristol Zoo and the Wild Place Project, launched an appeal ‘Saving wildlife together’ to ensure the future of its work, following the closure of the two attractions due to Covid-19.
The Society, a conservation and education charity, relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at both sites but also to support its vital conservation and research projects spanning four continents.
Brown bears, like those at Wild Place Project, used to roam all over Britain and, although it is not known exactly when they disappeared from these islands, experts think it was around 8,000 years ago. The bears at Wild Place Project live in an ancient woodland just as their ancestors would have done thousands of years ago.
Bear Wood, which opened in 2019 and is sponsored by Natracare, covers 7.5 acres and is the UK’s largest and most ambitious brown bear exhibit. The bears, three-year-olds Gemini and Albie and four-year-olds Neo and Milas, live in Bear Wood and share their woodland home with four wolves just as they would in the wild. A family of lynxes and two wolverines also live beneath the trees in Bear Wood in separate areas of the exhibit.
The bears at Wild Place Project have just woken, sensing spring in the air. They have spent the winter months in a sleepy state called torpor, but now they are active again: the four European brown bears are waking up early each day to make the most of the mild weather.
Animal manager Will Walker said: “It’s lovely to see them moving around. Although they don’t actually hibernate, they do spend a lot of time asleep during the cold weather.”
Recently, the bears have been seen climbing the trees, playing in the pond in the heart of the exhibit and enjoying a diet of grasses, greens and meat, as they would eat in the wild at this time of year.
Spring flowers are coming into bloom throughout Wild Place Project, which is rich in native wildlife. As many as 44 species of birds have been spotted there including blue tits, ravens, wrens and woodpeckers.
Animal lovers can forge a special lasting link with the bears of Wild Place Project, and help support the conservation charity, by ‘adopting’ a bear today.
To find out more about the appeal, or to make a donation, please visit: https://bristolzoo.org.uk/bzsappeal