I've sat with lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs - some of the biggest and most well known mammals you can imagine, but having spent my entire 22 years of life living in the UK I am ashamed to say I have never seen a badger, a truly British mammal, in real life. That is, I hadn't, until last night!
After writing my previous post ("My Struggle with Zoos Part Two: A Zoo that is good for Wildlife) I had a wonderful message from Rick Jones at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust which I wanted to share on this blog. For me it really underlines what Durrell is (whilst correcting some of my errors) and the incredible difference that they have made to our wild world. So read, enjoy and then visit Durrell Wildlife Park if you ever get the opportunity... I sure will when I can!
Last month I wrote a post about my struggle to decide whether zoos do more good or harm to wildlife - despite their conservation promises many do not live up to actually preserving the species that need saving, and many more of animals kept in zoos are in little danger or extinction. You can read that post here:
MY STRUGGLE WITH ZOOS: ARE THEY GOOD OR BAD FOR WILDLIFE?
However since having written that post I have discovered a zoo that really does appear to stick to its promises, and it's main focus above and beyond money making is:
"Saving Species from Extinction"
This is the Durrell Wildlife Park based in Jersey.