There's no place like home
The Aspinall Foundation has been working with partners across the globe to return endangered animals back to their natural environment. Across Africa and Asia your donations have been helping us tackle the human and natural threats to their environments and protect them in the wild.
Cambodia's only government-run wildlife rescue centre the PTWRC provides care and rehabilitation for endemic species. The Aspinall Foundation has a long working relationship with the centre's technical advisor Mr Nick Marx, who works for US charity, Wildlife Alliance. This is an area of outstanding biological diversity, with forest habitats ranging from temperate to tropical. While there has been some damage to the local habitat by the slash-and-burn culture prevalent in the area, it remains largely untouched by major development. However, even such a remote region as this is facing a future which could see the entire region becoming a desert landscape over the next 30 years.
Your donations help The Foundation supplement the very low wages for the Centre's dedicated animal keepers and cover other costs such as animal food, transport, and veterinary fees.
The Foundation also provided half of the funds needed to build an enclosure for Chhouk, a young bull elephant who lost one of his feet to a snare. As Chhouk grows older and less manageable this large enclosure will allow him to have as full a life as possible.
The highlights came in 2006 when we returned a pair of clouded leopards from our Park in Kent to the Centre in Cambodia and another female in January 2011.
The Aspinall Foundation pioneered the return of Przewalski’s horses to China, returning five stallions and five mares to the Milu Ecological Centre near Beijing on November 1992, from where they moved to a semi-wild 100ha enclosure in the Gansu province.
Then one mare was sent to the Hustain Nuruu Steppe Reserve in Mongolia in 1996.
The Foundation has also worked to tackle the ivory trade in China, which is the world’s largest illegal marketplace.
European Bison, the largest living land mammal in Europe became extinct in the wild in 1927, hunted for their skins and as food.
Fortunately, around 50 bison were held in captivity. Long-term collaborative breeding has helped return the population to around 5,000. The Aspinall Foundation returned six female bison, born in captivity in the UK to the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park in the Carpathian Mountains in northern Romania. These followed the five released in 2012 and 2013, two of whom have since given birth.
The current population is 17, which we are working to reinforce with further releases from Port Lympne.