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Overview – The Green Earth Appeal is part of a worldwide network including technicians, volunteers and community representatives/leaders working to empower communities in the developing world to become more sustainable.  It is one of only 61 worldwide planting partners of the United Nations’ Billion Tree Campaign, and is a part of a network of charities and Non-Government Organisations that have supported communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia to become sustainable by planting 15 Billion trees. Green Earth Appeal facilitiates and finances the training, education and empowerment of rural communities, enabling them to grow renewable, sustainable forests to provide food, agriculture, firewood, construction, water collection & filtration and animal habitats.

Degraded lands are restored with the planting of trees which are beneficial to the local area and will do well in poor soil conditions.

Carbon Free Dining

Safari Zoo are thrilled to announce that we are the first UK Zoo to have joined up with Carbon Free Dining, in support of the Green Earth Appeal, one of sixty-one worldwide Tree Planting Partners in the United Nations Environment’s Billion Tree Campaign.

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Started in 2009, Carbon Free Dining is the brain child of founder Marvin Baker.  Marvin was living in South Africa on business, eating at very nice restaurants and was struck by the contrast on exiting of seeing children living in real poverty and begging for food, a stark contrast to the privileged life we in the west live.

Carbon Free Dining adds an optional 99p to the orders in Tibor’s Plaice, each 99p plants one life changing tree in the developing world.  The trees produce fruit which can be used for food and sold to generate income, the leaves provide fodder for animals, the bi-products are used to create oils, medications and soaps amongst other things, which can be sold for income.  Communities are educated in the best way to use their land (agroforestry) and are given infrastructure, tools seeds and trees they need to do this in ways more beneficial to the environment.  For example, in Tanzania mature trees were destroyed to produce charcoal to be sold at market for as little as $2 a bucket, meaning an extensive amount of charcoal was required to provide a living to members of the community.  Education about environmental issues including deforestation has promoted the selling of fruits instead of charcoal, saving the trees.  Training communities to be self sustainable means the communities continue to flourish when the initiative leaves, communities developed and trained under Carbon Free Dining will in turn train other communities/villages in developing a sustainable life.

“The trees have changed my life, we have enough timber and we have enough fruit that we can sell to earn a living.”  Daniel – Farm Owner and Village Chairman in the Sambara Mountains

From July 2018 to the end of April 2019, Safari Zoo diners have planted 3455 trees in association with Carbon Free Dining

Laura has always had an interest in wildlife and conservation, visiting reserves in South Africa with her college and publishing a paper on the prey preferences of Jackals. Laura started out volunteering here at the zoo when she was 17. Lemurs were Lauras love and she completed her final University research project on aggression in ringtails. 3 years ago Laura scored a full time job as an animal keeper looking after the lemur and primate sections which also includes the Tapir, maned wolves, capybara and red squirrels. The daily job includes caring for the animals, cleaning enclosures aswell as enclosure maintenance. Children who have done a junior keeper experience with us will no doubt recognise Laura as her cheery disposition and caring nature makes her the perfect lead for our Junior Keeper days.

In Laura’s own words the best bit about the job and what makes it unique is “getting to know the animal’s characteristics and working within a team that are very close – it’s like having another family”. Laura’s little-known-fact is about lemurs – Laura says ringtail Bluebelle really likes baby lemurs and is known as the baby thief…..last year Bluebelle carried around 3 babies and visitors thought she was mum to triplets – only one of the babies was actually hers! This year Bluebelle has had twins of her own and is clearly more content