Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bear Appeal Update - Thank you to everyone who has helped so far

 
 
 
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BEAR APPEAL UPDATE


Thank you to everyone who has helped so far

 
 
 
 
 
 

Current total: £45,000

 
 
 
 
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THANK YOU

 

We would like to say a very BIG thank you to everyone who has donated and been involved in the Bear Appeal so far. We have been overwhelmed by all your support and genorosity, and are delighted to announce that thanks to you, we have now raised an incredible £45,000! We're now just £5,000 off our £50,000 target. To find out more about the Wildwood Trust Bear Appeal, please click here.

 

 

Lots has happened since the last bear update, volunteers and staff have been working tirelessly to raise the funds needed to rescue the bears and to finish their night-time accommodation and quarantine facilities.

 

Top news from the past couple of weeks:

 
  • We obtained approval and licences from Balai (the body that regulates the import/export of animals in the EU), meaning we have permission to quarantine the bears at Wildwood.

  • The two shipping containers which will form part of the bears night-time accommodation and quarantine facilities arrived, so thank you to Containers 4 Sale UK. Also thank you to Parkers Steel and Batt Cables, who helped with the materials for the enclosure.

  • We ran two busy volunteer days at Wildwood to help finish the bears night-time enclosure.

  • The small bear pool has been installed within the quarantine area, so the bears can enjoy a swim and splash around during their 4 month quarantine period.

  • We made the national press! The Wildwood bear appeal was the centre page spread in the Daily Mirror. We had an incredible response to the article, thank you to all who donated. Missed it? Click here to read the article.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donate by Phone

01227 712 111

Office Hours: 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)

Donate Online

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Donate by Text*

Text BEAR21 £5 to 70070

Wildwood Trust will receive 100% of your donation. *Text donations will cost £5 plus your standard network message rate. Always get the bill payers permission.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The containers arriving at Wildwood, which will form part of the bears night-time accommodation and quarantine facilities. They'll also be used as the sleeping dens for the bears.

 
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Our keeper and maintenance teams hard at work. Here you can see them building a platform, so the bears can lie in the sun. Just in front is their pool so they can enjoy a swim and splash around during their 4 month quarantine period.

 
 
 
 
 

What happens next?

 

The night time area of the enclosure should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Our ranger team will then start work on the larger, daytime area of the enclosure.

 

We are currently working hard to make all the arrangements needed to transport the bears safely to Wildwood from Bulgaria. Moving such large, powerful animals is a complex procedure, and we need to make sure the bears will have as comfortable and stress-free a journey as possible. Watch this space for exciting news soon!

 

What happens when the bears arrive?

 

Once the bears arrive at Wildwood they will need to spend around 4 months in our specially built quarantine facilities. During this time they will undergo a complete physical examination and receive all relevant vaccinations. Their quarantine period is important to make sure that they have not brought any diseases from Bulgaria, that could be passed on to our other animals. After this time they will be introduced into the wider, woodland area of the enclosure during the day and kept in the smaller area at night for their safety and comfort.

 

As the bears have lived in such appalling conditions, they will need time to adjust and settle into their new surroundings. So that the bears can have the best chance of a new life at Wildwood they will be kept off-show to the public during their quarantine period. Depending on their progress, we hope that you will be able to see them sometime around Easter next year.

 
 
 
 
 
 

One of the volunteers helping paint the bears night-time accommdation with rust proof paint. The volunteers also helped move logs and lend a hand to the keeper and maintenance teams.

 

 

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We had an amazing turn out to both of our bear volunteer days. A huge thank you to all involved over the two days.

 
 
 
 
 

Interested in organising your own fundrasing event?

 

We are so grateful for all the support we have received from people working hard to raise money for the Bear Appeal. Recent fundraisers we would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to include:

 
  • Helen Allmond - raised over £2,500 auctioning items on eBay and fundraising with British Airways cabin crew.

  • John and Brenda Cooper - raised £650 by holding an auction evening.

  • Emily Lambert - raised £116 selling cakes, loom band bracelets and painted stones.

  • Paulette Butcher and the Finance Department of KMPT - raised £316 during a coffee and cake sale at work.

  • Mrs McCallister - raised £200 by holding coffee mornings.

  • Jacqui Gill - raised £201 by running a fundraising dinner and auction.


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Why not organise a fundraising event of your own for the bear appeal? Get your friends and family involved, hold an event at work or at your childs school. For more information on the bear appeal, including fundraising ideas, please contact Jess, jess@wildwoodtrust.org or call 01227 712 111.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thank you to all who donated when our fundraisers were at ASDA Canterbury and Thanet. We'll be at ASDA Canterbury again on Tuesday 18.11.14, so come and say hello.

 
 

You can also buy an item from the Wildwood Trust Bear Appeal Amazon Wish List. Click here to look at the bears wishlist and buy an item.

 

 
 
 
 
 

... We have raised an incredible amount of money so far… but we don't want to stop yet!

 
  • The main daytime enclosure still needs completing and filling with items that will stimulate the bears curious nature.

  • The bears will need a wide-range of health checks and procedures when they arrive:

- They will need an extensive course of dentistry as many of their teeth will need to be re-built after years of neglect.

- They will need a long-term care plan to improve their diet and to introduce new foods (that they will have never seen before) and to teach them how to eat these new foods.

- They will require a complex rehabilitation programme to help them recover from their traumatic experience in Bulgaria and to encourage them to start to express natural behaviour and act like bears again.

 

The more money we are able to raise, the more we will be able to provide for the bears once they arrive. Please donate today to give these poor animals the chance of a safe and happy future at Wildwood.

 

Thank you

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Donate by Phone

01227 712 111

Office Hours: 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)

Donate Online

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

Donate by Text*

Text BEAR21 £5 to 70070

Wildwood Trust will receive 100% of your donation. *Text donations will cost £5 plus your standard network message rate. Always get the bill payers permission.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ

Registered Charity no. 1093702.

 

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Spooky October Half Term Events at Wildwood

 
 
 
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October Half Term

 

Sat 25th October - Sun 2nd November

Join us for a packed week of spooky activities in our family friendly Halloween week. We've got lots of great events to get you in the Halloween spirit, from Magical Mushroom Crafts to Woodland Wizards, Fairy Fest and many more. You'll find our full October half term programme of events and beyond listed below.

 
  • Plus, don't miss our free daily animal talks and feeds throughout October half term week.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOLD OUT - Please note that due to overwhelming demand our Family Fright Night on Friday 31st October has sold out. Most of our activities need to be booked in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don't forget after the clocks go back, we change to our winter opening hours. From Monday 27th October, we'll be closing an hour earlier, our new admission times wil be 10am - 3pm (park closes at 4pm).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To book an event now, please call:

01227 712 111

Office hours: 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)

*Please note Wildwood membership or entrance fees apply to attend events. Excludes photo/keeper days & courses/workshops.

 
 
 
 
 
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Fungi Ecology & Identification

 

Sat 25th October

 

An introduction to the identification of fungi and their role in the ecosystem. Indoor microscopic examination followed by a forest foray to search for fungi in their natural habitats.

 

10:00am - 4:00pm. £30 per person (price includes Wildwood entry fees). Minimum age for this course is 18yrs.

 
 
 
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Magical Mushroom Crafts

 

Mon 27th October

 

Get into the Hallowe’en spirit with this mushroom-themed children’s workshop. Discover the fascinating world of fungi, create spore prints and make crafts to take home.

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm. £2 per person, one adult free per group*. Must Book.

 
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Photography Day

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Tue 28th October

 

A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. You will have the chance to photograph different animals across the day, with animal feeds for the more elusive animals. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Gift vouchers also available. We are now able to accept 16 & 17 year olds on our photography days.

 

9am - 4pm. £79 per person. Min 16yrs. Must book.

 
 
 
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Woodland Wizards

 

Tue 28th October

 

A spell-binding craft event to make your own wizards’ hats, magic potions and brooms in time for Hallowe’en. Can you make the spookiest hat?

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm. £2 per person, one adult free per group*. Must Book.

 
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Fairy Fest

 

Wed 29th October

 

Come dressed as a fairy, imp, goblin or other magical creature (there will be prizes for the most imaginative costumes), have your face painted and make a fairy wand, crown and scroll of wishes to post in the fairy postbox.

 
 

1.30pm - 2.30pm. £2 per person, one adult free per group*. Must Book.

 
 
 
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Hallowe’en Crafts

 

Thurs 30th & Fri 31st October

 

Our most popular annual craft event. Decorate your home with witches’ cats, rats, pumpkins and bats for a super spooky Hallowe’en. Book early to avoid disappointment.

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm. £2 per person, one adult free per group*. Must Book.

 
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Grubby Gang

 

Sat 1st November & Sat 15th November

 

Let your kids go wild in the woodland. Learn about animals and nature with different activities each week; including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures. Parents need not attend.

 

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month (approx). 9.45am 12.15pm. 7-11yrs. £8 per child, per session. Must book. Book 3 sessions, get 4th FREE.

 
 
 
 
 

To book an event now, please call:

01227 712 111

Office hours: 9am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)

*Please note Wildwood membership or entrance fees apply to attend events. Excludes photo/keeper days & courses/workshops.

 
 
 
 
 
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Pumpkins Win Prizes

 

Sat 1st November

 

Donate your hallowe’en pumpkin for us to feed to our animals on Sunday. Prizes for the best.

 

Drop in (no need to book). Judging at 3pm. Free event*

 
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Tasty Pumpkins

 

Sun 2nd November

 

Our animals will be enjoying their treat-filled pumpkins today. If you donated one on Saturday, see if you can spot who’s eating it.

 

All day event. Free event*. No need to book.

 
 
 
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Wolf Workshop 1: Life in The Pack - Wolf Ecology & Behaviour

 

Sun 9th November

 

Part 1 of 2 wolf workshops this autumn. This one looks at the wolf pack, how wolves communicate and conservation efforts to restore them back to their former range. Includes a visit to see Wildwood’s own European wolves.

 

10.30am - 4pm. £30 per person. Must book. Book together with Wolf course 2 (23rd Nov) for £50.

 
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Junior Zoo Keeper

 

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Sun 16th November

 

Do you know a budding zoo keeper? Let them discover what it’s like to work as a keeper at Wildwood and how we care for our animals to keep them happy and healthy.

 

10am - 12pm. 7-11yrs. £50 per child. Must book.

 
 
 
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Wolf Workshop 2: Understanding the Wolf Inside Your Dog

 

Sun 23rd November

 

Part 2 of 2 wolf workshops. Understand how your dog’s behaviour is an echo of his wild wolf ancestry. With dog trainer Dave Butcher and wolf expert Anne Riddell. Includes a visit to see Wildwood’s own European wolves.

 

10.30am - 4pm. £30 per person. Must book. Book with Wolf course 1 (9th Nov) for £50.

 
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Photography Day

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Tue 25th November

 

A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. You will have the chance to photograph different animals across the day, with animal feeds for the more elusive animals. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Gift vouchers also available. We are now able to accept 16 & 17 year olds on our photography days.

 

9am - 4pm. £79 per person. Min 16yrs. Must book.

 
 
 
 
 

Important Information

 

* Membership or entrance fees must be paid to attend events. Excludes photo/keeper days & courses/workshops.

  • All events must be paid for at the time of booking and are non refundable (except if cancelled by Wildwood).

  • All under 18’s MUST be accompanied by an adult.

  • Must Book - Limited space events that must be booked in advance.

  • Free Event - Events that do not attract any additional fee except for usual membership or admission into the park.

  • Drop in - Events that do not need to be booked. Participants can attend at any time during the session (space allowing).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To book an event please call: 01227 712 111

 

For more information, please visit:

www.wildwoodtrust.org

 

 

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