The award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) has reconfirmed its commitment to combating climate change in the wake of President Donald Trump withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord.
The park issued a statement in support of global initiatives to support animals at risk from disappearing habitat caused by climate change.
The statement said: “We put conservation at the heart of all we do and the fight to protect some of most majestic animals on the planet whose natural feeding and hunting grounds are vanishing. It is imperative that the excellent work that has been done to protect species is not threatened by the US move.”Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The 300-acre park, at Branton, near Doncaster, is home to a range of endangered animals including four polar bears, a species under growing danger because of the melting Arctic ice cap.
The park and its charity, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, supports conservation initiatives around the world and works with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Climate Change Specialist Group which monitor animal and habitat biodiversity and the threats they face due it climate change. In June 2017 YWP will host a workshop with the top conservation scientists from the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group.
“The move by the US is a backward step but we will not flinch from our efforts to contribute to the international fight to save species and the natural beauty of the earth and we know our visitors are deeply concerned about protecting the planet,” added the park.Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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