We have a rich and vast natural history story to tell in Scotland. From the legends of our Highland tigers, to the modern-day stories of the mysterious little pollinator the pine hoverfly.
As it stands, our natural environment is in crisis, with one million species on the brink of extinction and almost half our ecosystems in decline. Alarmingly, the disconnection between people and nature is also growing – but it is not too late to act.
That’s why we recently launched a Crowdfunder prize draw hoping to raise £50,000 to help build Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre, a new experience which will connect people with nature and enable visitors and communities to protect endangered animals.
Made up of three education hubs, the discovery, learning and hilltop buildings will feature immersive experiences and digital technology to challenge visitors, inspire action and encourage learning. Innovative spaces will give children, young people and local communities the opportunity to find out about Scotland’s wildlife heritage and how they can help with our conservation projects to save native species like the wildcat.
Every visit to Highland Wildlife Park not only helps care for amazing animals in Scotland but helps conservation of threatened species around the world, so it has been wonderful to see more and more people coming back as restrictions ease.
We’re extremely lucky to be loved by people in Scotland, throughout the UK and across the globe. With your help, we want to create a truly special, world class experience here in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park.
Winners of the prize draw will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the park once everyone else has gone home. Everyone who enters will be in with the chance of winning exclusive, after-hours access to the park with a guided tour with David Field, our CEO, and the opportunity to feed some of our wonderful animals. Our winner could pick our male snow leopard Koshi, Scotland’s only polar bears, Victoria, Walker and Arktos, our Amur tiger Botzman, or any of our other fantastic animals. All while helping to protect our natural world.
The support we have received so far has been incredible, with over 1,300 people pledging to help bring Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre to life by donating so far.
There’s still time to enter as the draw does not close until Monday 31 May. There are exciting times ahead here at the park and we look forward to showing you what has been happening behind the scenes soon.
Find out more about our prize draw and enter for just £5 at crowdfunder.co.uk/NightAtHighlandWildlifePark
Head of Operations and Visitor Services, Highland Wildlife Park