An online fundraising campaign run by charity Wildlife Vets International to support bird of prey conservation
projects in Bulgaria, India and South Africa has exceeded its
target. Its Raptor Rehabilitation Campaign, which used the
hashtag #Vets4Vultures, was a nominated project for The
Big Give’s Christmas Challenge, between 28th November
and 5th December. WVI was tasked to raise £3,000 in
online donations. If it succeeded, this amount would then
be doubled by match funding from The Big Give’s funders,
including Virbac UK, Vetronic Services Ltd, Kirkleatham Owl Centre and The Reed Foundation. To date the charity has
raised £6,616, including the full £3,000 of match funding.
It has thanked the veterinary profession for backing its
efforts to conserve vultures and other birds of prey, whose
numbers are declining rapidly in many parts of the world.
Olivia Walter, WVI executive director, said, “We need
to raise a total of £18,000 to fully deliver on our Raptor
Rehabilitation Programme so we would still be very
grateful for donations and for colleagues to share our
social media posts to help us reach more potential donors.
Vulture numbers are plummeting in many parts of the
world and our efforts could significantly increase their
chance of survival in some countries.
“In the meantime, on behalf of WVI, I’d like to say a very
big thank you to everyone who has helped us by offering
match funding to #Vets4Vultures, donating or raising
awareness of our work.”
Donations can be made at: http://bit.ly/2yurJ5H