Saturday 1st April saw the official launch event of the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire (ZSH), a registered charity (No.1108609) which, incorporating the Paradise Wildlife Park brand, now allows the organisation to focus its operations on education and animal conservation.
With guests from the world of conservation, film, music and TV rubbing shoulders with many of Paradise Wildlife Park’s friends, family and supporters, ZSH’s Director, Lynn Whitnall, welcomed everyone to an exciting new chapter in the organisation’s 33-year story.
The Marquee reception was followed by a keeper-led tour of the Park, culminating in a visit to its new state-of-the-art ‘Penguin Falls’ enclosure for endangered African Penguins.
Based on their homeland in the South of Africa, the Penguin's amazing new home was clearly a great hit with guests and residents alike.
The new enclosure provides much needed space for an excellent quality of life and breeding – Paradise Wildlife Park is one of only two zoos in the UK to be recommended for African Penguin breeding.
With guests – young and old – then free to roam the Park, sampling from a delicious array of street food on offer, washed down with champagne (squash for the younger guests!) and a huge variety traditional African entertainment, everyone agreed that this was a great day and, indeed, the start of an important new phase for this award winning conservation organisation.
ZSH Director, Lynn Whitnall, said;
“We were delighted to welcome so many friends and supporters to our launch event. As a zoo we’re crucially aware that our purpose will always be questioned so it’s great to experience the goodwill we all felt today.
“At Paradise Wildlife Park, we’ve always made the wellbeing of our animals and the preservation of the wider natural world our prime focus.
The creation of ZSH will help us to continue this work and, we hope, to expand our conservation and educational work, making clear the valuable role zoos can play in protecting the lasting freedom of species throughout
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