Helping HabitatsThis month we are launching our new-look conservation fundraising campaign: BIAZA Helping Habitats!
Following a vote from members, our first project within the the new Helping Habitats campaign will be working with the World Land Trust to fundraise for the protection and management of 20,000 hectares of lowland forest in Khe Nuoc Trong (KNT), Vietnam.
Lying in the Annamite Mountain Range of north central Vietnam, Khe Nuoc Trong (KNT) is one of the best remaining examples of Annamite Lowland Forest in the world. It is home to a huge range of species, including saola, red-shanked douc, northern white cheeked gibbon, large-antlered muntjac, Annamite striped rabbit and Owston’s civet. It is also a proposed reintroduction site for the crested argus Edwards’s Pheasant.
This time we will be moving away from land purchase, and will be aiming to raise £25,000 to support WLT’s project partner Viet Nature in carrying out crucial management activities at KNT. These activities include strengthening law enforcement through patrolling and snare removal, biodiversity monitoring surveys (including ongoing camera trapping) and developing sustainable livelihoods and eco-tourism.
This is a campaign that everyone can get on board with! Particularly relevant for those collections housing South East Asian species, this campaign provides a super opportunity for all of us to raise awareness amongst our staff and visitors of globally-recognised threats to wildlife and the practical steps which are needed to counteract them. We will be in contact with staff and rangers based in Khe Nuoc Trong who will be sending us regular updates, blogs and photos from camera traps.
So get your thinking caps on and start planning your fundraising events for 2017! Previous events have included raffles, sponsored cycles, animal talks, VIP tours, staff costume days, team head-shaving… whatever you do, let us know so we can give you a shout on social media!
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