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Sign up to Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation’s virtual 30 km challenge & help raise vital funds for Polar Bears.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is today marking International Polar Bear Day by launching a sponsored virtual 30 kilmometre challenge initiative to raise vital finds for conservation projects in the Arctic.

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Polar bear numbers are declining at an alarming rate as global warming is reducing their habitat and ability to hunt and sustain their young.

“A polar bear walks around 30K every day so it’s a great target for our fundraisers. You can do the distance in one go or do a bit each day over 30 days,” says Cheryl Williams, trustee of the Foundation which is based at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

“As the challenge is virtual, you can walk, jog and run on a treadmill, around your house or on the streets or clock up the distance when you are walking the dog, and track your progress online alongside other Run for Wildlife participants from all around the world. It is easy to set up a Just Giving page for the cause so friends and family can donate too.”

Polar Bears playing in the lake at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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Polar Bear

The park, at Branton, near Doncaster, is home to four polar bears who are favourites with visitors who flock to the ten-acre Project Polar reserve, which recently won a coveted gold award.

It is at the centre of the global effort to save the species and the Foundation has already raised more than £40,000 to support projects in the wild.

“We are hoping people get behind this virtual 30K and help us raise funds from projects that are doing so much to help save these animals,” added Mrs Williams.

“Simply signing up to the challenge will help to educate others on the cause, sometimes a little bit of knowledge goes a long way”

“The event will also help us spread the word about the danger to polar bears and reveal some of the exciting projects the Foundation has funded.”

Polar Bear
Polar Bear
Polar Bear - Virtual 30k

Every participant in the The Run for Wildlife virtual 30K will have 30 days to complete the challenge, from March 30th until April 29th and will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

If you’d like to do your part to help fund vital conservation projects for Polar Bear, sign up now!

Follow the link to sign up here.

Established at the Wildlife Park in 2013, the Foundation has worked with many animal welfare causes for carnivores ranging from Amur Leopards and Tigers to Africa’s most endangered species, the Painted Hunting Dog.

YWP offers an unrivalled opportunity to come almost face to face with some of the world’s most rare and beautiful animals, including Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Lions, Rhinos, and many more.

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