By Jenny Carew To live in the middle of the Malagasy rainforest for 10 days will certainly come with it’s challenges. Home comforts are stripped bare, and everyday things we take for granted are replaced by natures refreshing, yet challenging alternative. With no electricity in the daytime (only by solar panels), no wifi, phone signal, […]
Chester Zoo is a conservation and education charity, which is dedicated to preventing extinction around the world. Their environmental programme, Act For Wildlife, is a vast global programme which spans across 6 continents/ spanning more than 30
countries. Their dedicated team work in a range of landscapes to survey threats to wildlife and create plans to protect habitats for the future.
Apart from being an award-winning zoo, the science team excel with their ground-breaking research into vaccinations. They investigate causes and treatments for life-threatening diseases, which aims to provide a cure for illness which can pose
irreversible problems for endangered wildlife.
Craghoppers recently joined the zoo’s conservation team in Madagascar to roll up their sleeves and help with work in-field to protect the lemurs. A representative spent 10 days living in the rainforest to support environmental projects and engage
with local rural communities.
By Jenny Carew We left camp at 6am to hike through thick rainforest before the heat of the day set in. Lemur walks was one of the hardest routes on the expedition. A mixture of steep climbs through rough terrain in the humid rainforest called for frequent re-hydration breaks and intervals to ease burning calf […]
By Jenny Carew The day we entered the rainforest had arrived and there was a sense of anticipation in the air. We planed to leave the hotel in the early morning to ensure we had enough time to travel to the basecamp, set up our tents and settle in to camp before nightfall. We brought […]
By Jenny Carew It was the early hours in the morning, 3am to be precise; I arrived at Manchester Airport, ready to meet the Chester Zoo team. The airport was somewhat deserted at this hour, silent with the odd squeak of trainers as workers began their day and people sleeping on the benches waiting for […]
By Jenny Carew To prepare for our time in the jungle, I joined the Chester Zoo team for multiple training sessions. These made sure that we were ready and equipped to live in the rainforest for 10 days. Over the course of a few weeks we met up for different training sessions, including healthcare, equipment […]
By Jenny Carew So, as the departure date looms for the beginning of the expedition with Chester Zoo, the packing has begun! But what should I take for two weeks of travelling when you have to carry all of your own kit? Lightweight is a priority, alongside items I can wash, dry and don’t have […]
Craghoppers is proud to support Chester Zoo with their conservation projects. Our latest venture, which focuses on Madagascar, aims to help protect the wild lemurs in the rainforest. Join us as we embark on a series of blogs to bring you all of the news from the rainforest and a behind the scenes glance of […]
By Claire Raisin, Field Programmes Coordinator The Chester Zoo 2018 staff expedition, aims to assist our partners, Madagasikara Voakajy (MV), with a number of their ongoing conservation project activities. It will strengthen the zoo’s partnership with MV but also to provide opportunities for staff to get involved with the conservation activities that the zoo supports, […]