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Spike in funds for poorly hedgehogs

Hugh Warwick - SWCC patron - opening hedgehog day in support of the hospital for hedgehogs at Shepreth

Hugh Warwick opens Hedgehog Day at the Hedgehog Hospital in Shepreth

Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity is celebrating after its first ever ‘Hedgehog Day’ proved to be a resounding success, with the four hour event raising £1,000 for the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.

SWCC trustees arranged the fundraising afternoon after monthly outgoing costs hit £1,500 a month for the new rescue facility for hedgehogs in Hertfordshire. In addition to this, SWCC trustees still need to re-pay a loan of over £40,000 for the initial building costs.

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Hedgehog Hospital fundraising day to be opened by Hugh Warwick

hedgehog hospital staff weighing a hedgehog at Shepreth

Hedgehog Hospital staff in Hertfordshire weighing a hedgehog before release

Having successfully released 83 hedgehogs back into the wild earlier this year, Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital has been struggling to meet the £1,500 monthly running costs, so trustees of the Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity have taken matters into their own hands and have launched a brand new annual fundraising event – ‘Hedgehog Day’ – to be held at Shepreth Wildlife Park this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August)

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Rebecca Willers and the Zoo Crew get in training for Kilimanjaro by climbing in Snowdonia

The Zoo Crew Are Climbing Kilimanjaro for Conservation!

On 21st January, ten brave conservationists from collections across the country will be risking their lives by climbing the treacherous Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The group is hoping to raise the profile of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s Pole to Pole campaign. The EAZA initiative is hoping to make more people aware of the impact that the middle region of the planet is having on the polar caps and the wildlife within them.

To prepare for the ascent, the team have been in training for months to ensure that their fitness levels are at a high enough level to succeed. The gruelling schedule has included practice climbs of Kinder Scout, Cader Idris and Britain’s own tallest mountain, Snowdonia. This is in addition to an intense fitness and training regime.

Rebecca Willers, Curator Shepreth Wildlife Park explains, “Last year myself and 5 others swam across the English Channel, raising money for conservation. This time we wanted to do something a bit different and also demanding, so that we felt we were really achieving something for our charities. But I think nothing could prepare us for this. There are so many factors to consider, including the lack of oxygen at altitude! This will be by far the hardest thing we’ve ever done.”

The Pole to Pole Campaign was set up by EAZA and the American Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA) to try and encourage the public to make a small change in their behaviour to help with preserving the climate.

Lesley Dickie, Director of EAZA explains, “Climate change is such a huge thing for humanity to tackle, and most people are a bit over-awed by it. But if everyone could make one small change in their behaviour, it could have a huge collective impact. So we’re focusing on small things, such as asking everyone to unplug their mobile phone chargers once their phone has finished charging. Combined, our efforts could save a huge amount of energy and pollution.”

As well as raising awareness for the Pole to Pole Campaign, each member of the team is raising money for their own chosen charities. Rebecca is raising funds for both 21st Century Tiger and The Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital, both integral in saving the lives of tigers and hedgehogs respectively.

The team will be starting the ascent on the 21st of January and is expected to take seven days in total. For more information, please contact or visit

73 hedgehogs getting ready for release

Feeding time for a baby hedgehog

Feeding time for a baby hedgehog

With 73 hedgehogs getting ready for release next month at Shepreth Wildlife Park, one little hedgehog is desperately looking for love.

‘Valentine’ aptly named by Hospital Manager, Natasha Ennew, was brought to the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital after he was found disorientated during the day in someone’s garden. On arrival the hedgehog was not only diagnosed with ringworm and mites, but he was also riddled with internal parasites too.

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