EAZA Silent Forest Campaign

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Songbirds in SE Asia have become increasingly in demand in local culture for singing competitions, the pet trade, food and traditional medicine, causing a rapid decline in their numbers.  For the first time, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) are focussing their conservation campaign solely on birds to raise awareness of their plight and to support breeding programmes to replenish numbers in the wild.

The aim is to improve the situation of these birds within their natural habitats and, through European zoos, to develop further understanding of the threats and how zoos can help to save them.

Of particular interest to Blackpool Zoo is one of the flagship species which will be housed here, the White-rumped shama (Kittacincla malabarica).  There are 14 subspecies of these birds and urgent fieldwork is needed to establish the size of the remaining wild populations in certain areas and to plan for their preservation.

We will be holding various events throughout 2019 to raise awareness and funds, so please keep an eye on our events pages on the website and social media.  We know you care as much as we do and that we can, as always, rely on your help.

*** UPCOMING EVENT - DOM'S SHAVE TO SAVE THE SONGBIRDS! - SAT 30TH MARCH, 1.00PM ***

Say hello to Dom! Dom is our trusted Animal Support fellow here at Blackpool Zoo. Now despite his poster boy looks and charming mane, Dom’s hair is a sacred mass of untouchable locks and is a strictly hairdresser-forbidden zone! This extraordinary cherished barnet is about to meet it’s fate with the floor (without Dom attached to it of course). Yes, our dreadlocked hero is about to do something amazing and have it all cut off to raise money for charity to help in the protection of the endangered Song Birds of South East Asia.

The charity in question is the EAZA Silent Forest Campaign. Songbirds in South East Asia have become increasingly in demand in local culture for singing competitions, the pet trade, food and traditional medicine, causing a rapid decline in their numbers. EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) are focussing their conservation campaign solely on birds to raise awareness of their plight and to support breeding programmes to replenish numbers in the wild.

This hair-raising event will be taking place at the bird arena at the zoo at 1.00pm on Saturday 30th March in the appropriately located Bird Arena. Please help push Dom push to raise his target toward helping these beautiful yet vulnerable species, by coming along and donating on the day or donating at the zoo reception on your next visit.

Play the YouTube movie below to see a short introduction about the threats the songbirds face and why the campaign is essential to their survival.

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