Dandara renews Royal Zoological Society of Scotland partnership

Dandara renews Royal Zoological Society of Scotland partnership

The penguins with Hayley Wilson and Abbie Bruce from Dandara

Dandara East Scotland has renewed its partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) for a second year.

The housebuilder, which has a development nearby at Pinkhill Gate, has committed a generous £1,200 to support the wildlife conservation charity’s work by adopting Edinburgh Zoo’s colony of Northern rockhopper penguins.

Famous for their striking yellow crests and distinctive red eyes, wild populations have been declining rapidly in recent years and are listed as an endangered species as they face the risk of extinction in the wild.

The money is being contributed as part of the RZSS corporate partnerships programme, which will support work to save wildlife and empower people in Scotland and around the world to protect, value and love nature.

Misha Camp, senior fundraising officer at RZSS, said: “We are so grateful that Dandara has chosen to support our charity again. It costs £165 a day to feed the zoo’s 100 or so penguins, so as you can imagine every single penny counts.

“RZSS has helped to protect Northern rockhoppers in their native range of Tristan da Cunha for many years as part of Project Pinnamin, working on annual population surveys, genetic analysis and supporting the creation of the first global bilingual action plan for the species in 2017. This vital work can only be done thanks to our supporters and funders, like Dandara.”

Tony Williamson, head of sales at Dandara East Scotland, said: “We were delighted to support the pandas last year and it is great to once again be able to support RZSS which does such an amazing job in protecting and nurturing endangered species like the Northern rockhopper and to teach future generations about the importance of conservation.”

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