Challengers sought for Kilimanjaro trek in aid of zoological society

Banham, Norfolk. Banham Zoo's newly born tiger cubs to Sveta and Kuzma Amur tigers who are nearly a month old, pictured in 2013. ENGANL00120130717171153
Banham, Norfolk. Banham Zoo's newly born tiger cubs to Sveta and Kuzma Amur tigers who are nearly a month old, pictured in 2013. ENGANL00120130717171153
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A charity whose projects include Banham Zoo is inviting members of the public to face one of the world’s ‘biggest’ challenges a trek to the top of Kilimanjaro.

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), which also supports Africa Alive!, says the gruelling climb to the top of Africa’s highest free-standing peak will raise funds for their work helping to conserve some of the world’s most endangered species.

The money raised will go directly to support the animals in our care, many of which are critically endangered species—

Martin Goymour

They added funds raised would also help educate children in Norfolk and Suffolk about wildlife from around the globe.

The trek, due to last ten days, will take place from January 18 to January 28, 2017.

A spokesperson said the trip would be a “fantastic opportunity” to see Tanzania, with places expecting to go fast.

Martin Goymour, CEO of ZSEA, said: “ZSEA contributes to conservation by both funding overseas projects as well as through conservation efforts at our two parks, Africa Alive! and Banham Zoo.

“The money raised will go directly to support the animals in our care, many of which are critically endangered species.

“With the generous help of the residents of East Anglia, we are helping make our local contribution to worldwide conservation.”

Those taking part in the trip will be guided by Jo Bradshaw, who has previously scaled Everest, from 360 Expeditions. Participants will climb over the course of a week, taking a route that allows for a longer acclimatisation to the altitude, before scaling the peak and heading home.

Those wishing to participate should contact the fundraising office at ZSEA by either emailing fundraising@zsea.org or calling the office on 01953 715371

For more on Banham Zoo, see www.banhamzoo.co.uk