Zookeepers take on the Three Peaks Challenge!
Published: 7th Apr 2014Three Primate keepers from Newquay zoo (Nicole Howarth, Johanna Bellerby and Emma Sweetland) will join 10 Zookeepers from 5 Zoos across the United kingdom, to swap their zookeeping…
Three Primate keepers from Newquay zoo (Nicole Howarth, Johanna Bellerby and Emma Sweetland) will join 10 Zookeepers from 5 Zoos across the United kingdom, to swap their zookeeping role for the mountains, in a bid to raise both funds and awareness for the Sulawesi crested black macaque and Selamatkan Yaki (a project set up to protect the species).
The Three Peaks Challenge will see the group climb the three peaks - Ben Nevis, Scafell Pyke and Snowdon, in a 24 hour period, with a total of 13 hours walking, the 27 mile route ascending/descending 2900m on the 4th July in 24 hours.
Selamatkan Yaki is a conservation programme developed through the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust based at Paignton Zoo, comprising a strong collaboration of partners, aiming to protect yaki – the Sulawesi crested black macaques and their forest habitat.
North Sulawesi is home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal species, with one of the highest levels of endemism (species unique to the area) in the world. The Sulawesi crested black macaque, known locally as yaki, is one of the most threatened. Restricted to small forest fragments in the Northern tip of the island, these monkeys have experienced an estimated population decline of up to 90% in the last 30 years, and are now Critically Endangered and in urgent need of protection.
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