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We are committed to doing our bit to help the world's endangered animals, including species right here in the UK. Check our current and recent projects below and find out how you can get involved!

If you would like to request a donation in support of your own fundraising efforts, please send your request on letter-headed paper. Please note that we receive a high volume of requests of this nature and review each on an individual basis; we give priority to those causes which reflect our commitment to the care and conservation of wildlife. 

£1,242 raised for SWCC Hedgehog Hospital

Posted on 17th November 2016

Thank you to visitors for raising vital funds for sick and orpaned hedgehogs

The Tropical Butterfly House would like to thank visitors for raising £1,242 for the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital!
The Hospital admit nearly 600 hedgehogs a year
The hedgehogs are brought in by members of the public and are either orphaned, injured, sick or underweight, they are then nurtured back to health, and released back into the wild

A single hedgehog can cost the Hospital £100+ if an x-ray and small operation is required, therefore donations like this are vital!

The funds were raised from the sale of Tropical Butterfly House wristbands at the end of the twice daily Animal & Bird Displays this autumn
Click here to read more about the Hospital

The Tropical Butterfly House do not currently look after any hedgehogs however hedgehog-like tenrec can be handled on the Exotic Animals Experience (£34.95 including admission)

£1,242 raised for SWCC Hedgehog Hospital

£4,910 raised for critically endangered Vultures

Posted on 18th October 2016

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in North Anston, Sheffield would like to thank visitors for raising £4,910 in donations for the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s International Vulture Programme (IVP)

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in North Anston, Sheffield would like to thank visitors for raising £4,910 in donations for the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s International Vulture Programme.

In July last year, the Hawk Conservancy Trust kindly donated an African White-backed Vulture named Zulu to the centre. Now 3 years old, Zulu shares an enclosure with Marley the Mynah Bird, and two Von Der Decken’s Hornbills named Bill and Vonda. Zulu is hugely popular with staff due to his gentle nature; he can be seen running after staff, appearing to help them clean his enclosure!

Zulu has since been trained to star in the centre’s Animal and Bird Displays, taking place at 12:30pm and 14:45pm daily. Zulu is an incredible and rare sight to see as only a few wildlife centres in the UK have an endangered Vulture in their displays.

The impressive £4,910 was raised during the Animal and Bird Displays over the centres Amazing Animals Superheroes summer event. The Tropical Butterfly House and the Hawk Conservancy Trust would like to thank visitors for their generosity.

Zulu is an ambassador for the International Vulture Programme run by the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Southern Africa and South Asia. The conservation and research work of these programmes covers six vulture species, including the African White-backed Vulture.

The African White-backed Vulture species has undergone a rapid decline in the wild owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collisions and poisoning.
This decline has a devastating effect; diseases such as rabies and bubonic plague, for which dogs and rats respectively are the primary source of, may increase as a consequence of vulture declines. Wildlife and livestock could also be at increased risk from dog and ratborne pathogens.
In India, rising cases of human anthrax due to handling infected carcasses or consuming poorly cooked meat of infected livestock are believed to be linked to the precipitous decline of vultures.

Sadly this year Zulu’s species has been upgraded from endangered to critically endangered which makes this funding all the more important.

Andrew Reeve is the Centre Manager and Curator at the popular wildlife attraction “We are hugely grateful to our visitors for raising this money, they can be confident that their money is going to make a real difference to this important cause. The Hawk Conservancy Trust are doing great work in monitoring and investigating aspects of Vulture ecology. They have started work on an anti-poisoning strategy in South Africa and a large part of the money raised will go towards supplying and distributing poison response kits, and related training”

£4,910 raised for critically endangered Vultures

£161.85 raised for the Jane Goodall Institute

Posted on 29th August 2016

On Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016, we had a very special visitor!
The Gorilla Guy was here! Visitors donated a minimum of £1 to have a photo with him, raising vital funds for the Jane Goodall Institute; a charity dedicated to the preservation of chimpanzees and their habitats.

The Gorilla Guy is a performer within a "Hollywood standard" animatronics Gorilla suit that is of such high quality it’s hard to tell that he’s not a real life Gorilla!

Visitors to the Tropical Butterfly House met the Gorilla Guy on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016 in the Wilderness Walk-through, which opened last year and contains Wallaby, Mara and Agouti.

Visitors donated a minimum of £1 to have a photo with him, raising vital funds for the Jane Goodall Institute; a charity dedicated to the preservation of chimpanzees and their habitats.

Altogether £161.85 was raised, £136.85 from members of the public, and £25 from the Gorilla Guy himself! The money will go towards much needed items such as baby formula and bananas for infant and adult chimpanzees.

The Tropical Butterfly House would like to thank everybody who donated to this amazing charity.

£161.85 raised for the Jane Goodall Institute

£3,050 raised for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group

Posted on 1st July 2016

Beating last years total!

The Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group (MFG) are a dedicated group whose main aim is to conserve the native species of Madagascar. One of these animals is the lemur, approximately 16% of lemur species are considered to be critically endangered in the wild, therefore action is vital.

For more information on the work that the MFG do, please click here.

The Tropical Butterfly House are proud to raise money for this great cause each year in the daily free flying bird and animal displays, and would like to thank visitors for raising this money.

£3,050 raised for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group

£768.67 raised for SWCC Hedgehog Hospital

Posted on 19th January 2016

Approximately 600 orphaned, injured, sick or underweight hedgehogs are admitted to the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital every year!

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, and Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity (SWCC) would like to thank visitors of the Tropical Butterfly House for raising £768.67 in donations for the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital.

The SWCC Hedgehog Hospital admitted 562 hedgehogs from April 2014 - March 2015, an increase of 155 from the previous year. They are expecting to have admitted nearly 600 hedgehogs in this financial year. The hedgehogs are brought in by members of the public and are either orphaned, injured, sick or underweight. They are then nurtured back to health at the hospital, and released back into the wild.

A single hedgehog can cost the Hospital in excess of £100 if an x-ray and small operation is required, therefore donations like this are vital.

The Tropical Butterfly House raised the funds over their annual Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells Christmas event, where visitors generously donated at the end of the centre’s daily Animal and Bird Shows. The centre do not currently look after any hedgehogs themselves however they do have tenrec, which resemble hedgehogs and can be handled on the Exotic Animals VIP Experience.

£768.67 raised for SWCC Hedgehog Hospital

£2,665 raised for the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Posted on 16th November 2015

For vital International Vulture Programme

The centre would like to thank visitors for raising £2,665 in donations for the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s International Vulture Programme (IVP)

Back in July this year, the Hawk Conservancy Trust donated an African White-backed Vulture named Zulu to the centre.

Two year old Zulu is hugely popular with staff due to his gentle nature. He can be seen running after staff and trying to help them clean his enclosure which he shares with Alfie the Turkey Vulture, and two new residents, the Von Der Decken’s Hornbills named Bill and Vonda.

Zulu was also very popular with Emmerdale actor Cain Dingle (played by Jeff Hordley) who was the first member of the public to hold Zulu (pictured) when visiting the centre with his family this summer.

Zulu has since been trained to star in the centre’s Animal and Bird Shows, taking place at 12:30pm and 14:45pm daily, including during the Santa, Elves & Sleigh Bells Christmas event shows. The centre expects the shows to be very popular as they are one of only a few centres in the UK which has an endangered Vulture in their shows, and they are an amazing and rare sight.

The African White-backed Vulture species has undergone a rapid decline in the wild owing to habitat loss and conversion to agro-pastoral systems, declines in wild ungulate populations, hunting for trade, persecution, collisions and poisoning. This decline has a devastating effect; diseases such as rabies and bubonic plague, for which dogs and rats respectively are the primary reservoirs, may increase as a consequence of vulture declines. Wildlife and livestock could also be at increased risk from dog and ratborne pathogens. In India, rising cases of human anthrax due to handling infected carcasses or consuming poorly cooked meat of infected livestock are believed to be linked to the precipitous decline of vultures.

Zulu is an ambassador for the IVP run by the Hawk Conservancy Trust and supported by a growing international partnership of supporters. This programme supports and operates a range of programmes in southern Africa and South Asia. The conservation and research work of these programmes covers six vulture species, including the African White-backed Vulture. Andrew Reeve is the Centre Manager and Curator at the popular wildlife attraction “We are hugely grateful to our visitors for raising this money, they can be confident that their money is going to make a real difference to this important cause. The Hawk Conservancy Trust are doing great work in monitoring and investigating aspects of Vulture ecology. They have started work on an anti-poisoning strategy in South Africa and a large part of the money raised will go towards supplying and distributing poison response kits, and related training”

Subscribe to the centre’s YouTube channel to receive notifications of videos of Zulu: http://www.youtube.com/user/Butt3rflyHouse

£2,665 raised for the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Arachnophobe Charlotte Burke-Sheen has Tarantula on her head

Posted on 5th September 2015

Charlotte completed a Face Your Fears challenge of holding a Chilean Rose Tarantula to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

On Saturday 5th September 2015 visitor Charlotte Burke-Sheen completed a Face Your Fears challenge of holding a Chilean Rose Tarantula to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

Charlotte was so scared of spiders she has previously slept in her car to avoid one!
Not only did she hold Rosy the Tarantula in her hand, but she was also brave enough to have Rosy on her head!
Charlotte has raised more than £200 for the charity so far, 200% of her target.
Further donations can be made on her justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/tarantula-terror/

Louise Larcombe, is the Marketing Manager at the wildlife attraction voted the no. 1 thing to do in Sheffield on Tripadvisor “We were all really surprised and in awe of Charlotte when she asked if she could have Rosy the Chilean Rose Tarantula on her head! Charlotte was visibly shaking on arrival and backed away from Rosy when she was placed a metre away from her, so the transformation was amazing to see. I think Rosy has helped Charlotte with her Arachnophobia”

Face Your Fears experiences at the centre cost just £30 per person including park entry: http://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk/vip_experiences.php
If visitors aren’t feeling brave enough to hold Rosy the Tarantula, they can instead hold a snake, lizard, bearded dragon, tenric (similar to hedgehogs), tortoises etc.

Arachnophobe Charlotte Burke-Sheen has Tarantula on her head

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Posted on 25th August 2015

We're raising money for the Hawk Conservancy Trust who genereously donated Zulu our African White-backed Vulture to us on 29th July 2015.

We're raising money for the Hawk Conservancy Trust's International Vulture Programme which operates in Africa and South Asia.

It covers six species: 

  • African White-backed Vulture (classified as endangered)
  • White-headed Vulture (classified as vulnerable)
  • Hooded Vulture (classified as endangered)
  • Lappet-faced Vulture (classified as vulnerable)
  • Oriental White-backed Vulture (classified as critically endangered)
  • Long-billed Vulture (classified as critically endangered)

Vultures form an important ecological component of our natural environment, cleaning up carcasses and decreasing the spread of diseases.

Positioned at the top of the food chain, vultures are an indicator of the health of the environment below them. 

Today, vultures face an unprecedented onslaught from human activities such as electrocutions and collisions with electrical structures, poisoning, land-use changes, a decrease in food availability and exposure to toxicity through veterinary drugs, just to name a few. 

Fundraising efforts go towards the purchase of tracking tags, fieldwork and research costs, survey expenses, and for a conservation breeding facility.

More than £1,000 has been raised so far.

For more information on this programme pelase click here: http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/ivp/index.asp

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

£2,987 raised for endangered Madagascan animals

Posted on 18th July 2015

We're proud to have raised £2,987 in 2015 for the Madagascan Fauna & Flora Group! Thank you to visitors for raising these vital funds...

The Madagascan Fauna & Flora Group (MFG) is a consortium of international zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and universities who work in partnership with the Malagasy Government on conservation strategies for the fauna and flora of eastern Madagascar.

What they do...

Conservation Action
They work with multiple partners to reduce the threat of invasive species, propagate endangered tree species for habitat restoration, monitor frog populations for chytrid fungus, patrol Betampona to monitor and report
illegal activities.

Research
Their research is aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the complex interrelationships of ecosystem processes, species' ecological needs and anthropogenic disturbances in order to guide conservation strategies.

Education
Their Saturday School program prepares primary school children to advance to secondary school while also learning about nature; week-long camps introduce older children to environmental concepts through tours and activities in Parc Ivoloina and we raise environmental awareness through multiple venues.

Capacity Building
They mentor undergraduate and graduate students, teach classes and hold workshops that provide targeted hands-on training in a variety of disciplines, work with farmers to improve the quality and quantity of food they produce and teachers to incorporate active learning strategies.

The Tropical Butterfly House and its visitors are proud to raise funds every year for this great cause.

£2,987 raised for endangered Madagascan animals

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 2015

Posted on 14th March 2015

We raised money for Comic Relief by having a sleepover in the Tropical House on Friday the 13th!
We also dressed up in animal onesies with our red noses on Saturday 14th March.

On Friday the 13th staff at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre dared to sleepover in the Tropical Butterfly House!
They were accompanied by flying bats, noisy frogs, curious birds, scary spiders, and fluttering butterflies.
Not much sleep was had that night!

On the Saturday staff pretended to be animals for the day!
They dressed up in animal onesies and outfits, with painted faces, and red noses, and lived like animals throughout the day. Duty Manager Tony Butler even got in with the Crocodiles!

£437.96 was raised in total!

Comic Relief - Red Nose Day 2015

The Ara Project

Posted on 9th October 2014

We're supporting the Ara Project - a charity trying to protect the long term future of Costa Rica's beautiful Great Green Macaws and Scarlet Macaws, with the help of two of our adorable trained parrots!

Our two Hahn's Macaw brothers, Ché and Esteban, are working hard during our Bird Shows to help their wild cousins in Costa Rica by collecting donations for the Ara Project. These two tiny parrots have been trained to gently take coins (and notes!) from your fingertips - so as well as the amazing feeling you get from donating to such a worthy cause, you also get a really memorable close encounter.

Costa Rica's Macaws have declined in numbers as a result of deforestation (for logging and agriculture), in-country illegal pet trading, and some are even killed deliberately for food, feathers, or even just because they are considered pests for destroying crops grown in areas that used to be their homes.

It's estimated that there are now only 35 breeding pairs of Great Green Macaws left in Costa Rica, and a total wild population of only around 1000. The Ara Project breed and release both Great Green Macaws, and Scarlet Macaws (whose numbers have also dramatically declined), as well as monitor and support wild populations, engage members of the public and educate visitors about the importance of Macaw conservation.

Visit the Ara Project website to learn more about the amazing work they do; you can also donate online. You can also keep up to date with them on their Facebook page.

Head Bird Trainer and Presenter, Heather Scott, volunteered at the Ara Project for 6 weeks in February 2015.

The Ara Project

Sponsored head shave raises record amount for VulPro

Posted on 25th August 2014

Bird trainer, Jus Lig, set a challenge - if £5000 could be raised for VulPro to help save endangered Cape Vultures by International Vulture Awareness Day... she would shave her hair off! Well, we did it...

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre started a fundraising campaign three months ago and has now raised a record amount for VulPro, a charity based in South Africa working to protect critically endangered vultures. A fundraising evening in August raised £1220, bringing the total raised so far to £6400!

Bird trainer, Justine Lig, is particularly passionate about the cause, and came up with the idea that she could shave her head on International Vulture Awareness Day, 6th September, if they reached a target of £5000 in sponsorship and donations and is reported to be overwhelmed to have reached and exceeded the target so early. The team, which also includes Ben Coulson and Heather Scott, organised a Vulture Fundraising Evening which included a variety of live entertainment and a popular charity auction.

Justine herself also did a Poi performance to music, after which Zoo Curator and Manager, Andrew Reeve, announced a big surprise; “In recognition of Justine’s passion for the conservation of vultures, her hard work and amazing fundraising efforts, the park’s owner is funding a two week trip to VulPro in South Africa so that she can volunteer with the team and help practically with the work they are doing too.”

During daily free-flying Bird Displays, the team have also been fundraising with the help of two tiny Hahn’s Macaw brothers, Ché and Esteban, who take donations from the fingertips of audience members, and have been selling charity wristbands.

Kerri Wolter, founder of VulPro, is thrilled with the amount raised and the enthusiasm of the Tropical Butterfly House team; “Justine’s passion and commitment to help with the work we are doing is inspiring to me personally as well as to VulPro. We hope others will be inspired to know that one person’s efforts really can make a difference in the world.  Vultures are very misunderstood and underappreciated so raising awareness in such a unique and brave way is brilliant to help conservation efforts. We are extremely grateful to Justine and look forward to working with her here in Africa.”

On Saturday 6th September, crowds gathered to see Justine's friends and colleagues, Ben and Heather, wield the clippers. At 12.30pm, Justine was given a Mohican (which she very much enjoyed!) and later the same day, had the rest shaved off. The team at the Tropical Butterfly House are immensely proud!

The amount raised will fund the construction of a new aviary for VulPro’s ninety unreleasable vultures, as well as the ongoing monitoring and research projects and expanding Cape Vulture breeding programme.

Editors notes

The Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List with an estimated population of 8,000 (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22695225/0) however VulPro’s research this year suggests the population is much lower, at approximately 3,700 and rapidly declining.

Vultures are suffering a rate of decline thought to be faster than that of the Dodo and some species, such as the Cape Vulture, face extinction by 2020 without drastic measures to protect them. One of the biggest threats to vultures is a veterinary drug, Diclofenac, which is widely used to treat cattle, but is fatal to vultures who consume the carcasses of animals treated with it that do not survive. Lead poisoning, culling for use of vulture body parts in traditional medicines and collisions with and electrocutions from power lines are other major reasons for declining vulture populations. A more modern threat is that of poachers, who deliberately poison the carcasses of elephants and rhinos that they have killed in order to kill the vultures too, in an attempt to stop circling vultures alerting the authorities to their illegal activities.

The Tropical Butterfly House recently celebrated 20th anniversary and attracts almost 100,000 visitors a year.

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums. For further information, please telephone 020 1449 6351.

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