On 26th October 2013 the Zoological Director of Twycross Zoo, Sharon Redrobe, will lace up her running shoes to complete the Bristol 10k to help raise funds for a new veterinary clinic at Ape Action Africa (AAA), an ape sanctuary in Cameroon.
Also a vet advisor and trustee of AAA, in February 2013 Sharon flew to the sanctuary to operate on a young orphaned gorilla named Shufai whose arm was damaged by poacher’s gunfire when he was just a baby.
Twycross Zoo has supported Ape Action Africa through its Conservation Welfare Fund for several years:
“Our aim is to raise enough money to build a vet clinic for Shufai and the other apes. At present we have to carry out surgery and procedures, which can be life-threatening, in an adapted school classroom with plastic sheeting for walls. Performing surgery in unsanitary conditions means the risk of infection is incredibly high, the temperatures and humidity make working conditions almost unbearable and contamination of sterilised surgical equipment is always a risk factor.
“This is my first 10K race and although I’m keen to get involved I am not the fittest person, so this is going to be a tough challenge for me. I have started training, and with only eight weeks to go I really need all the encouragement I can get!
“Anyone can sponsor me via my JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Redrobe and if you want to know more about Ape Action Africa, hear my experiences from trips to the sanctuary, Shufai’s story and learn about plans for the new clinic, you can come along to a Conservation Talk I’ll be holding at Twycross Zoo at 7pm on 10th October 2013, a few weeks ahead of my race.” To find out more about Sharon’s Conservation Talk, click here.
Ape Action Africa (AAA), provides a safe forest home in Cameroon to over 330 primates, including 21 gorillas and over 110 chimpanzees, most of whom are orphans of the illegal bushmeat trade.