The Oceanarium, Bournemouth are taking high measures to raise money for the Humboldt penguin conservation programme, even if it means jumping out of the sky! Despite their fears, Oceanarium’s brave team members will be jumping out of a plane on 11th August in an effort to raise money towards field conservation in Peru. The Bournemouth aquarium is sticking close to its values of wildlife protection by supporting the Punta San Juan program, a conservation organisation aiming to save important populations of emblematic seabirds of the Humboldt current, such as Humboldt penguins, Guanay Cormorants, Inca Terns, Peruvian Boobies and Peruvian Pelicans. They are classed as ‘vulnerable’ with the wildlife population declining due to many threats such as habitat loss, climate change and hunting.
The Oceanarium has already raised a whopping £2,500 since the beginning of 2022 and is aiming to raise another £1,500 with a last chance to donate by 19 August 2022. Whether it’s a five-kilometre penguin run in onesie suits, a chilli sauce challenge, or insect eating, the Oceanarium team are doing whatever it takes to fund the Punta San Juan programme. The Oceanarium will continue to support PSJ and aims to achieve just over £4000 by 01 September 2022. Aquatics supervisor, Annabel Hopes says “The Punta San Juan programme operates thanks to the support of zoos and aquariums such as ourselves and the
Oceanarium hopes to play a significant role in driving the success forward. We still have a long way to go but we are so happy with the results so far and we are so grateful to everyone who has kindly donated. Conservation programmes such as PSJ are very important to us because of our passion for wildlife and doing these fun challenges helps us achieve our goals of protecting animals and their natural habitats. No matter how small or big the donations are, we hugely appreciate anyone who comes forward to help achieve our fundraising goals for this amazing cause.” The Oceanarium has previously partnered with several other conservation programmes including antilitter campaigns, the Mediterranean monk seal, EAZA southeast Asia campaign and more. Conservation of endangered species is becoming increasingly important as a result of the world’s growing human population putting pressure on the habitats where animals live.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PUNTA SAN JUAN PROGRAMME? If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause and help us meet our target, please CLICK HERE to head to our GoFundMe Page. We thank you to everyone’s contributions!
To learn more about PSJ, click: https://www.oceanarium.co.uk/conservation—education/conservation-programs/punta-san-juan-program
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