Monday, 13 October 2014
NEWSLINK: Video and photo gallery: Conservationist Bill Oddie visits Banham Zoo to appeal for donations to save the habitats of big cats
The writer, who has presented the wildlife shows Springwatch and Wild In Your Garden, helped to put the spotlight on the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Big Cat Big Match Fortnight, which aims to raise £500,000 to save cats on the brink of extinction in the wild, such as tigers, pumas and jaguars.
The aim of the initiative, which is being held during the first two weeks in October, is to raise £250,000, which is being match funded by the charity’s supporters, bringing the total to £500,000.
Mr Oddie said wild animals were in danger from wars around the world which threatened to destroy their natural habitats and turn them into commodities, adding that tigers were being poached for their skins and bones.