Five Sisters Zoo has announced the birth today of a rare Scottish Wildcat kitten. The zoo said: ”Scottish Wildcats form one of the most endangered cat populations in the world and were declared functionally extinct in the wild back in 2018. The breeding programme that we are proud to be part of is a lifeline for this fragile population and without help from conservationists and zoos, would be dangerously close to disappearing completely.” The kitten was born to parents Morag and Fletcher but given their elusive nature, has only been seen a handful of times. Keepers are yet to name the animal as they do not know the sex yet. During the Covid lockdown, the zoo has struggled to meet the maintenance costs of running their attraction and recently launched a justgiving crowd funding campaign. Additionally, the zoo is also selling garden plants through a new dedicated website as a way of diversifying its income. Photo – Five Sisters Zoo
The Five Sisters Zoo was officially established in 2005 with just a small collection of rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, and pigs. Since then the zoo has grown into an exciting collection of over 165 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from all around the world. The family run Five Sisters Zoo faced tragedy in 2013 when 48 species of animal were lost to a fire. The zoo is currently facing its darkest days since the fire. The Covid-19 lockdown has forced the attraction to close its doors to the public, but with essential overheads of £35,000 a month for animal food and welfare, the zoo will struggle to survive without any income. So far 1618 supporters have pledged £37416 towards he £100,000 funding goal. The zoo has also highlighted on their Facebook page that are other ways to donate. Supporters are also asked to purchase annual passes, animal adoptions, sponsorship, and education packs through the zoo’s website. Additionally, the zoo is also selling garden plants through a new dedicated website as a way of diversifying its income. If you would like to donate to the zoo’s funding campaign, please click here.
Polbeth Community Hub has launched a Covid-19 ‘Community Response’ Fundraiser campaign and has so far raised £475 towards their £1000 target. As a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Polbeth Community Hub has had to close it doors to the local community and reduce the number of activities and services. In response, staff, volunteers have all come together to develop and run a ‘Community Response’ to Covid-19. This includes delivering food parcels to individuals who are isolated, giving elderly and vulnerable a call to check in on them and see if there is anything they need plus providing homemade cook meals to individuals. Donations received will go into purchasing food, equipment, materials and overheads which the hub will incur to delivery this project. If you would like to contribute, click on the link here.