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Lottery Win For Wild Rhino

Endangered animals benefit from a funding boost for the Zoological Society of London

A greater-one horned rhinoceros called Hugo smashes a six-foot wall of boxes as he celebrates a 'lottery win' for wild rhino.

Zookeepers at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Whipsnade Zoo stacked a six-foot-high wall of specially decorated boxes, packed with Hugo's favourite treats. The one-horned rhino wasted no time toppling the boxes over upon discovering they had apples, bananas and bamboo treats inside.

Hugo, Behan, and Beluki have every right to be grateful, as the funding awarded by players of People's Postcode Lottery will support an upgrade to ZSL's pioneering monitoring tool, Instant Detect. The upgraded technology has begun its testing stages in Nepal, the Rhino's native range.

The funding from the players of People's Postcode Lottery, totalling £250,000 will ensure the technology update includes extended battery life, an increased network of sensors, and underwater microphones. In some of the world's most demanding environments, these advancements will allow ZSL to respond faster to illegal wildlife activity.

The funding will also support ZSL conservation initiatives including community-based projects in Cameroon's west coast Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve, and the surrounding area. The reserve is home to the vulnerable African manatee, also known as the sea cow, as well as a variety of sharks and rays. ZSL's Net-Works programme - a community-based scheme that recycles old fishing nets - will be expanding.

ZSL's Fundraising Director James Wren said, "We are incredibly grateful to the players of People's Postcode Lottery. Without their support, this funding would not have become a reality. The donation has allowed us to update our technology to continue the fight illegal wildlife trade. We can also continue to fund our incredible conservation programmes in Cameroon allowing us to expand our efforts to a new site."

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "It's really exciting that players will be supporting the ZSL's work around the world. We hope that the funding for these amazing projects will have a positive impact on the charity's hugely important conservation work."

To learn more about ZSL's conservation projects visit www.zsl.org or visit ZSL London Zoo or ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

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Funding from players will mean that animals such as these rhino will be better protected from poaching
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