A grrr-eat accolade

We’ve got grrr-eat news – we’ve been awarded a Silver Certificate in recognition of our fundraising efforts for 21st Century Tiger.

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The certificate, which features the face of our very own Sumatran tigress, Daseep, acknowledges the £3,200 we’ve raised in 2015 for wild tiger conservation, bringing our total so far to £6,945.

Zoo Director, Derek Grove, pictured above with the certificate, said: “Conservation work is key to DZG’s ethos and through last year’s Onesie Walk and Global Tiger Day events we were pleased to raise awareness and funds for 21st Century Tiger’s work in helping secure a future for such a highly-endangered creature.

“There are only fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, so it’s vital we work to ensure their future survival.”

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Supporters helped raise the funds by donning onesies and fancy dress to complete the sponsored 5km around the zoo site back in May 2015, while fundraising events held throughout Global Tiger Day in July also boosted the coffers.

21st Century Tiger Manager Esther Conway, said:?”I am delighted to send the certificate in recognition of the amazing work the DZG team continues to do to promote wild tiger conservation.”

There are less than 3,200 tigers in the wild, which includes the Sumatran species just like DZG’s beautiful pair, Daseep and Joao – pictured right.

These magnificent animals are threatened with extinction because of habitat loss and poaching.

During the last 100 years, Asia’s wild tiger population has shrunk by a staggering 93 per cent – with 40 per cent of that happening over the last decade.