The black-tie event at ZSL London Zoo, attended by the charity’s supporters including wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham and ZSL’s chairman of the fundraising board, Rupert Hambro CBE raised over £357,000 to help to tackle illegal wildlife trade, with a live auction compered by author Lord Archer.
ON THE TABLE
English split pea and carrot hummus, hazelnut dukka, crudités and spring flowers, sourdough
Portland Farm “same-day cut” Norfolk asparagus, chargrilled spring onions, bashed peas and pumpkin seeds, olive oil and spring herbs
Heritage beetroot, fennel, rhubarb and onion (slow roasted and quick pickled), smoked English quinoa and seaweed, cauliflower puree
Chocolate and “Shipped by Sail” olive oil torte, cashew and oat cream, elderflower-macerated strawberries
ZSL’s Fundraising Director James Wren said: “As one of the biggest threats to endangered species around the world the illegal wildlife trade is said to be to be worth an alarming £17 billion globally a year. Here at ZSL, we’re working to put an end to illegal wildlife trade. Full stop."
“Last night’s Safari in the City fundraising gala raised more than £375,000 for ZSL, supporting our work and our commitment to not only stop, but reverse the impacts of illegal wildlife trade.
“Lord Archer led a fantastic auction on our behalf, with our guests bidding on an array of wonderful lots; from conservation trips to Kenya and Nepal, to pygmy-hippo ‘’self-portraits’ created from their dung.
“Our generous supporters have continued to pledge, and so we expect this total to increase – which is a fantastic indicator of the passion and recognition of the importance of our work. We urge others to lend their support by donating via our website zsl.org”
To find out more about Safari in the City, and ZSL’s international conservation work, please visit www.zsl.org