4:36 p.m. September 22, 2022
ZSL London Zoo raised nearly £500,000 at a glittering gala night to help save wild animals from extinction.
The zoo’s green carpet was rolled out for ZSL’s annual Safari in the City fundraising gala on Wednesday evening (21 September), raising in excess of £436,000.
The black tie event, which paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II – Patron of ZSL since her coronation in 1953 – was attended by 300 supporters of the charity, including wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin, who acted as host. A live auction was moderated by Richard Madley.
Guests joined ZSL scientists, zookeepers and conservationists who shared the international conservation organization’s important work to protect wildlife, before heading into a safari-style marquee for the live auction and a three-course vegan meal .
On the after-hours tours, guests explored the conservation zoo and visited endangered species, including three endangered Sumatran tiger cubs born in June.
The opportunity to name the boys raised £51,000 at the evening’s live auction.
ZSL cares for 184 threatened species at its two zoos, London and Whipsnade, including 17 species that are extinct in the wild – including the scimitar oryx and partula snails, which are now back in the wild thanks to ZSL’s important work Habitats are introduced to its partners.
James Wren, ZSL Fundraising Director, said: “It has been three years since we held our last fundraising gala, Safari in the City, but the threats facing wildlife remain just as potent.
“With one million species at risk of extinction by 2030 from habitat loss, poaching and climate change, we are losing biodiversity at an alarming rate – nature needs our help now more than ever.”
He said guest support helped raise more than £436,000 for ZSL, “vital funds that support our work and commitment to creating a world where wildlife thrives”.
He added: “As of last night, our generous supporters have continued to make pledges and we expect that number to continue to rise – which is a fantastic indicator of the passion and recognition of the importance of our work. We encourage others to give their support by donating through our zsl.org website.”