Chester Zoo Awarded Grant to Battle Disappearing British Wildlife

Award-winning Cheshire attraction and tireless conservationist Chester Zoo recently received a grant of £532,179. The valuable funds were awarded by the Westminster Foundation to support the zoo’s efforts to help young people from around Chester to counter the issue of the UK’s disappearing wildlife.

The Westminster Foundation is a registered charity and an independent grant maker representing the Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses’ charitable interests.

The grant will now empower the zoo to back Britain’s next generation of budding conservationists. Chester’s support will help them learn about conservation efforts, experience the multitude of wellbeing benefits found through connecting with nature and lead to positive change within their local communities, all while broadening their aspirations for a career.

Director of Conservation Education and Engagement for Chester Zoo, Charlotte Smith, commented:

“Right now, we’re facing a global biodiversity crisis. Never before has nature been in need of more help. It’s therefore vitally important that we help to foster a connection to nature in children and young people and empower them to make a difference.”

The brand-new initiative will let 4,500 young people take part in education activities with a focus on British wildlife and conservation. Chester Zoo will also be working alongside people aged from seven to 25 who are facing barriers to learning and who, without support, would be unable to enjoy regular access to both nature and the wellbeing benefits it can provide.

Chester Zoo can be found in Upton-by-Chester, just 12 minutes from the city by car.

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