Tasmanian devils have come out on top following this year’s voluntary visitor gift aid vote.
We pledged to donate £12,000 to three hugely worthwhile projects, featuring some obscure creatures, which people may not have necessarily heard of, with the winning programme receiving £10,000 (made up of £2,000 each year for five years) while the other two receive a one-off payment of £1,000.
For the past 12 months we’ve been asking visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary gift aid donation to their zoo admission to decide which gets the most money and the winner is Tasmanian devils (The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program) with Pangolins (IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group) in second place and Helmeted hornbills (Helmeted Hornbill Working Group) in third.
Tasmanian devils are threatened with extinction from devil facial tumour disease and funds will help the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program to monitor current Tasmanian devil populations and preserve two healthy groups on isolated islands, support genetic research and promote captive breeding to restock devil numbers.
Thank you to all who contributed, we’ll be revealing more about a new vote soon!