Paignton Zoo is trying to raise £20,000 by December 1 as part of the Giving Tuesday global movement.

The initiative which was first held in 2014 is a day that calls on people to help support important charities and causes in their community across the world.

The popular zoo, which attracts thousands of visitors, has had to shut twice this year in line with government national lockdown measures for coronavirus.

These closures have resulted in large amounts of money being lost by the zoo which staff are now are trying to make up with help from the public.

As part of the scheme, the zoo has announced they are aiming to raise £20,000.

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The zoo has said that this large amount is how much it costs to run the zoo in a single day, from caring to the animals, supplying food and maintaining the zoo.

Funds that will be raised from this campaign will go straight into the care of the many animals that they have along with their vital wildlife conservation projects.

In their announcement of the campaign, the zoo has said: “This year has been extremely difficult for us all, but giving to charities in need can make us feel good.

“In the run-up to December 1, we will be launching a dedicated Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign, where we hope to reach a set target.”

On the day itself, there will be a Facebook Q&A session with one of their keepers, giving you the chance to find out all about their animals.

Local Torbay artist Rishi Ludgate has donated an incredible original painting of a tiger which will be available to auction on eBay from November 24 up until December 1.

On top of this, for those who fancy something a bit different and unique then there will also be an original artwork from one of the zoo’s animals.

One of their Western Lowland Gorilla’s has decided to use their time in lockdown wisely by taking up a new skill of painting, the artwork will be available to people to win in a raffle.

Paignton Zoo’s gorilla with its masterpiece

All people have to do is buy £2 tickets to then be entered into the prize draw which will be announced on December 16. All entries have to be placed through the campaign.

There are plenty of other ways that people can make a donation to the zoo, firstly, you can make a contribution through their Money Giving page here.

You can buy an annual pass which will allow you to enjoy unlimited visits to the zoo when they re-open making it great value for money.

A great Christmas idea is to adopt one of their animals which will also contribute to their campaign. Prices start from £35 for a year.

To find out more about their campaign visit their official donation page here.





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