RZSS Highland Wildlife Park Hosts First Wild About Scotland Day

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday May 14 2018

Pictured: Highland Deaf Children's Society. Picture by: Jon-Paul Orsi/RZSS.

Over 200 guests from seven Scottish charities took part in the first Wild about Scotland Day hosted at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park on Sunday (13 May).

Scottish charities Aberlour, CLIC Sargent, Children 1st Inverness and Children 1st Highland, Action for Children, Highland Deaf Children's Society, Barnardo’s and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland were all in attendance.

The event, delivered by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) with support from Clydesdale Bank, saw over 200 tickets being handed out to young people and families, who are using the support services of the charity partners.

The guests even had the opportunity to visit Hamish, the UK’s only polar bear cub.

From building pinecone birdfeeders and planting wildflowers, to pond dipping and birdwatching with RSPB, there were lots of fun activities to get involved in.

Experts from Scottish Wildcat Action and Butterfly Conservation were also on hand to give top tips on how to help wildlife.

The RZSS Wild about Scotland bus hosted workshops on the fascinating wildlife that Scotland has to offer and the simple steps which can be taken to help safeguard precious native species.

Barbara Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland said:

“We were delighted to host our first ever Wild about Scotland Day at our Highland Wildlife Park and to celebrate the amazing work we have been doing across the country to engage children and communities.

“It is great to be working with local charities to help highlight the importance of conservation and sustainability, the threats faced by animals and how we are helping to protect threatened species here in Scotland and around the world.”

Helen Page, Group Innovation and Marketing Director at Clydesdale Bank, said:

“The first Wild about Scotland Day at Highland Wildlife Park was a great way to celebrate the work being done by the Wild about Scotland team across Scotland.

“It has been a pleasure to play a part in helping young people enjoy all that the park has to offer.”



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