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Tayto Park is committed to conservation both locally and globally. We strive to connect people with nature and to inform, empower and inspire people to act. We have developed a programme highlighting both local and global conservation issues.
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‘BUY AN ACRE CHALLENGE’
Tayto Park has joined the World Land Trust (WLT) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) in launching the ‘BIAZA Buy an Acre Challenge’. We are asking our visitors to help us protect precious habitat in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in central Mexico.
The mountains of the Sierra Gorda in central Mexico are home to extraordinary forests and incredible wildlife. Tayto Park is committed to raising money to safeguard land in the region and so protect the habitat of numerous species of plants, trees and animals.
Changes in land use from forest to agriculture, often pursued through slash-and-burn forest clearance, poaching (illegal hunting) and timber extraction are all threatening this rich ecosystem. By buying land, we can help establish a Protected Area (PA). PA’s are managed areas where economic activities are restricted and which is dedicated to achieving the long-term conservation of nature. Our involvement helps us to make a significant contribution to the protection of our global biodiversity and to date we have donated over €8,000.00 to the WLT/Buy an Acre Campaign. In 2016 our financial contribution is €2,500.00 and brings us over our goal of €10,500.00.
Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA)
100% of all donations given to the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA) go directly to field work such as conducting camera trap activities in the Nezhinskoe Hunting Lease in the northern sector of the Land of the Leopard National Park (LLNP). Donations will also help double the size of the area surveyed by the ALTA team. Survey areas now cover the northern section of the leopard range within the LLNP and outside the park. Funding also helps ALTA to compensate deer farmers who lose livestock to leopards and to help in human/animal conflict resolution.
Tayto Park is proud that we have donated more than €23,000.00 to ALTA to date. Tayto Park will continue to support this important conservation organisation as long as funding is needed to protect the critically endangered Amur Leopard and the endangered Amur Tiger. Donations for 2016 total €7.365 bringing our total contribution to over €30,500.00
National Biodiversity Data Centre – Citizen Science Programme
In 2013, Tayto Park joined the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) and their citizen science project known as the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme.
Bumblebees are Ireland’s most important wild pollinator. Participation in this scheme enables the NBDC to track changes in the Bumblebee population and detect early warning signs of threats to them and the service they provide.
2015 was an important year for the scheme as the NBDC, and their partners introduced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. The plan provides a significant framework to join various pollinator initiatives across Ireland. It will mark the beginning of development where collective positive steps can be taken to protect Irish pollinators and the service they provide into the future. We plan to be a part of its success!
Tayto Park staff also contribute to the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. In 2016 we hosted a training workshop at the beginning of September. Despite the weather not co-operating staff and citizen scientists were able to hone their identification skills and learn about the importance of the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. Butterflies have a short life-cycle and are sensitive to climate change and therefore make an ideal biodiversity indicator species. The monitoring scheme allows the NBDC to track changes in Irish butterfly populations. The monitoring scheme began in 2007 and involved walking a fixed route each week from April to August and recording all species sightings. The data is used for analyses and trend projection. 2016 is our fourth year recording pollinators as part of the Bumblebee and Butterfly Monitoring Schemes.
Golden Eagle Trust – Red Kite Reintroduction
Founded in 1999, the Golden Eagle Trust Limited is a charity dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Ireland’s native birds and habitats. The Trust aims for the restoration of extirpated (locally extinct) wildlife species, and Tayto Park is proud to have contributed more than €9,400.00 towards these efforts in the last three years. Funding donated by Tayto Park has been earmarked for the monitoring of red kites in North Co. Dublin. This summer the Golden Eagle Trust were overjoyed by the announcement of confirmed successful fledging of young red kites in Fingal. Two nests are now confirmed to have fledged a total of three chicks in 2016 in Fingal. Tayto Park could are delighted with this news and appreciate the dedication of the Dr Marc Ruddick and the entire team at Golden Eagle Trust who have worked tirelessly to bring red kites soaring in the skies of Ireland! We are equally pleased to contribute €6,500.00 to Golden Eagle Trust in 2016 for a total contribution of €15,700.00
Wildlife Vets International – Tiger Health Programme (Canine Distemper Virus)
Tayto Park is pleased to support of Wildlife Vets International (WVI). The research team at Tayto Park are particularly interested in how Canine Distemper virus (CDV) affects the genus Panthera particularly tigers and leopards. …And for those who have met Gara and Kahn you know just how special Tigers are to the park. As ambassadors for their wild counterparts, they have been able to encourage our visitors to support our conservation efforts and our yearly raffle on International Tiger Day. We have earmarked those funds for WVI who are engaged in developing ways to analyse and ultimately mitigate the risk of disease to tigers in the wild. The concern is growing worldwide about the possible impact of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) on dwindling and fragmenting tiger populations. It has already caused the deaths of tigers in Russia and India. Understanding how CDV infects and causes serious disease in Tigers is a vital step to controlling CDV. Their research has the potential to make a difference to tigers’ survival. WVI is currently involved in a vital initiative in Sumatra to monitor the probable emergence of CDV there and examine ways to combat it. Such work will benefit tigers everywhere – so other Amur tigers like Gara and Kahn, living in the wild will have an opportunity to combat this devastating and emerging disease. Tayto Park is proud to be contributing to the fundraising activities of the Tiger Health Programme at WVI. In 2015 we contributed €1,000.00 to this fund and were pleased to be able to donate another €1,000.00 in 2016.
Other Conservation Programmes Tayto Park is involved with:
Bat Conservation Ireland – Daubenton bat transect monitoring
Hen Harrier Survey – Transect monitoring for the Golden Eagle Trust, BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Raptor Study Group and NPWS
Grab That Gap – British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums pollinator & biodiversity programme