Zoo joins battle to save bird species

Zookeeper John Pickering with one of the pheasants at Sewerby Zoo.
Zookeeper John Pickering with one of the pheasants at Sewerby Zoo.

The Zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens is actively supporting the work of the World Pheasant Association (WPA).

WPA is a UK registered charity committed to the conservation of Galliformes and the habitats they depend upon.

Galliformes are an order of birds that include pheasants, partridges and grouse.

The WPA works around the world to conserve these birds in captivity and in the wild to prevent their extinction.

One of the projects that the WPA is working on at the moment is a long term action plan to return Edwards’ Pheasant back into the wild.

The Edwards’ Pheasant is classed as critically endangered and could possibly be extinct in the wild.

Zookeeper John Pickering said : “Raising funds for conservation projects such as these is vital, and I am delighted that we are able to make our contribution, and of course we thank all our visitors for their donations.”

Sewerby Zoo looks after a wide range mammals and birds. There are domestic and wild animals from various countries such as pygmy goats from Africa and llamas from South America.

Mammals include guinea pigs and micro pigs, Taiwanese sika deer, Cameroon sheep, Capuchin monkeys, raccoon dogs and degus.

There’s also lots of different bird species to enjoy.

Visitors and residents can also adopt animals from just £14 a year.