THE dedicated staff at Drayton Manor Park have climbed to the roof of Wales, by walking up Snowdon, and raised an impressive £2107,02 for conservation charity, the Red Panda Network.
A total of 19 members of staff from the family attraction climbed the mountain at the end of October in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the charity.
The team recently fell in love with Red Pandas following the arrival of the Zoo’s very own pandas, Tika and Pema, who are a huge hit with staff and visitors alike thanks to their cute appearance and engaging characteristics.
Drayton Manor Park Zoo is a place where endangered species are kept and bred to address the current global extinction crisis. The zoo is actively involved in several conservation projects both locally and internationally.
The Red Panda Network aims to protect wild Red Pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities. There are reportedly as few as 2500 remaining in the wild so the work this worthy charity does is key if this fascinating species is to survive for future generations.
It took the Drayton Manor Park team approximately six hours to successfully complete the climb, despite challenging weather and poor visibility.
Chris Mitchell, Manager at Drayton Manor Zoo, said: “The wind, rain and low temperatures did nothing to dampen our spirits, as we are committed to helping Red Pandas survive in the wild. When we organised the walk, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we’re thrilled to have raised over £2,000 for such a worthy cause and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us.”
To donate please visit: www.draytonmanor.co.uk/events/raising-money-for-red-pandas