Shepreth Wildlife Park - Press release 5 July 2012 posted on 5 July 2012
Animals and keepers at Shepreth Wildlife Park were delighted to meet Conservative MEP Robert Sturdy last week, when he made a visit to the conservation centre in South Cambridgeshire.
Mr Sturdy was guided through the grounds of the Wildlife Park while discussing the various conservation projects Shepreth is involved with. Curator, Rebecca Willers highlighted in particular the important work being carried out to help protect wild tigers in Indonesia and Russia, and of course a little closer to home, the on-site Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity ‘Hedgehog Hospital’. Mr Sturdy was incredibly keen to learn more about these projects and showed a genuine interest in offering his services to these causes where possible.
Mr Sturdy himself has visited several conservation projects throughout Indonesia, as well as other habitat restoration programmes in North America.
Mr Sturdy said:
“I have had a keen interest in animal welfare and conservation all my life and it was fantastic to see first-hand the marvelous work being done at the Park.
Mankind has a habit of unbalancing nature with some of its acts and we have to take steps to try to restore the damage that has been done.
It was a real pleasure to meet Rebecca and her team who are so interested in and committed to the conservation work and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.”
During his afternoon visit, Mr Sturdy also got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the friendlier residents - including Pepe the skunk, Quincy the barn owl and various lemurs.
“It was our pleasure to show Mr Sturdy our collection, and discuss the issues surrounding wildlife trade, deforestation and poaching. He shows a great deal of concern for this subject and offered his help and guidance with anything we thought may help with these global conservation matters.”
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