Sunday, March 27, 2011

Royal Couple to Support Animals on Wedding Day

Wild elephant at Wasgamuwa

via - The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is one of the charities Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen to benefit from their royal wedding on April 29. The royal couple asked guests and anyone who might consider giving them a wedding gift to instead make a donation to their gift fund which includes 26 charities they have hand-selected.

ZSL was selected because of their work to save critically endangered black rhinos in Kenya and their efforts in Thailand to help wild elephants whose land is being encroached by humans. With only 3,500 wild elephants left in the country, ZSL works closely with the Elephant Conservation Network to reduce conflicts between villagers and the animals.

Donations from the royal wedding will also benefit the Sumatran tiger, Indian tiger and Amur tiger that are all being driven to extinction.  It is estimated that there are no more than 4,000 tigers living in the wild.  ZSL tries to protect these magnificent animals in their work with the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh in a joint program called the Sundarbans Tiger Project.  The project watches over the tiger colonies and keeps poachers at bay.

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  1. Kudos to Prince William and Kate! That's great to hear!

  2. I think it's nice that they're asking the guests to make a donation to their charitable fund rather than giving gifts. Obviously, they don't need the usual wedding gifts! This is a good way to acknowledge their wedding AND do something good at the same time.

  3. YAY - good for them. What a lovely thing to do.

  4. What a wonderful idea. I know the Princes have been big supporters of saving the rainforest too!