Dame Judi Dench backs Twycross Zoo’s ‘Summer of Survival’ campaign
“How ironic if a charity dedicated to combating extinction, should itself become extinct.”
One of the world’s most-loved and legendary actresses, Dame Judi Dench has pledged her support for Twycross Zoo’s fundraising campaign and has urged for the British public to join the fight to protect the zoo for families and children to enjoy for generations.
Twycross Zoo has battled since lock down in countless pleas to the government to provide vital funding to protect its zoo, home to over 500 animals, from extinction. Over the last three and a half months, with no access to the Governments £100 million Zoo Fund, the 57-year old zoo has had no other choice than to call on its supporters to step in who have now raised over £300,000 in online donations. An overwhelming amount, but nowhere near enough to cover the 100 acre zoo’s running costs.
In a moving statement, Dame Judi Dench, who herself has been involved in a number of wildlife projects including, a trip to Borneo in a bid to protect the Bornean rainforest and its endangered species, said “Twycross Zoo may soon close its gates for the last time, putting many of its animals at risk. We simply cannot let this happen! For almost 60 years the zoo has meant so much for so many in so many different ways. It is home to more species of monkeys and apes than any other zoo on earth. It carries out conservation in the UK and all over the world. As one of the UK’s ‘Science Zoos’ it is important for science and education.”
“After three months of closure with no income, but massive expenditure to feed and care for the animals, Twycross Zoo now faces a huge financial mountain to become successful once more. How ironic if a charity dedicated to combating extinction, show itself become extinct. I am asking you now to get behind the Zoo’s fundraising campaign. Please help the zoo and its animals survive so that children and families can enjoy it for generations to come”.