Unable to take visitors, zoos across the UK have struggled financially during the last 12 months. In fact, we’ve seen more zoos turn to crowdfunding than ever before, hoping to survive their closures through the power and generosity of the crowd. 

During the UK’s first lockdown, The Wildheart Trust—a foundation set up by Charlotte Corney and Chris Packham—raised £64,959 to help them look after the rescued big cats in their sanctuary. This money was vital in keeping them safe and secure while their doors remained closed to the public.

Peak Wildlife Park is facing a similar story. Just because they remain closed doesn’t mean the work stops. Day after day, their amazing team continues to work hard, feeding and caring for the hundreds of animals in their care. Each donation is a lifeline of support for the park and, so far, they’ve raised £13,420 of their £15,000 stretch target.

Another zoo taking the leap on Crowdfunder is Edinburgh Zoo. Did you know that it takes £60,000 each month to feed the animals at the zoo alone? We didn’t either. Though, instead of offering individual rewards in exchange for pledges, they’ve taken a different approach.

They’ve set up a prize draw where one lucky pledger could win a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the zoo for themselves and 3 loved ones. The entire zoo will be opened up just for them with the opportunity to feed the animals and they’ll take a behind the scene tour with the CEO, David Field. But that’s not all. They’ll also get dinner at the zoo’s Mansion House, followed by a night in one of Edinburgh’s finest hotels.

For one entry to the draw it’s just £5 so it’s not surprising that they’ve already raised £70,507 towards their cause. The prize draw closes tonight at 11:59pm!

The campaign has also caught the eyes of the press with articles in both the Metro and Mirror, garnering even more supporters for the cause. 

Our Head of Projects, Simon Walker, explained, “It’s brilliant to see the Zoo we all know and love fundraising in such a pioneering manner (what a prize!), and with great success. We can’t wait for the doors of the Zoo to open once more, but until that day this is a very fun way to ensure the animals have all the food they need.”

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