Tigers to benefit from royal wedding

Friday, April 8th, 2011
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Dr Anwar Hossain


The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is delighted to have been chosen by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton as a beneficiary of their generous wedding charitable gift fund.


To celebrate the happy occasion of their marriage on the 29th of April this year, the royal couple have asked that anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift, instead consider making a donation  to a chosen  list of charities. ZSL is extremely proud to have been selected as one of these charities.


ZSL works in 50 countries around the globe to save many of the world’s most iconic species including tigers, rhinos and elephants. In Bangladesh, ZSL works to conserve tigers with the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) which is a national non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving the country’s natural heritage.  ZSL and WTB together work with the government and local communities on a joint initiative called the Sundarbans Tiger Project.  The Sundarbans Tiger Project team were also honoured earlier this year when Her Royal Highness Princess Anne included the project in her visit Bangladesh in February.


Donations can be made through the website www.royalweddingcharityfund.org.  On arriving at the website, donors have a choice of projects including animal conservation and humanitarian projects. A share of the animal conservation proceeds will allow ZSL to further develop its tiger conservation projects in Bangladesh, Russia and Indonesia.


ZSL Director General, Ralph Armond said: “We are delighted and immensely proud to have been selected by Prince William and Miss Middleton as one of the charities to benefit from their kind gesture. Their choice is a ringing testament to the hard work of our conservationists over many years, and demonstrates their faith in our ability to make a difference.”


Professor Md Anwarul Islam, CEO, Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh adds “This idea is a great way of reducing wastage in our society; on occasions where we might receive gifts we don’t need, we can instead raise funds to save nature. In the uncertain future that faces Bangladesh, nature and its role in creating a secure environment for our children is truly the best gift that we can give, and it is one which will last for generations and generations.”




• Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity: the key role is the conservation of animals and their habitats. The Society runs ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, carries out scientific research in the Institute of Zoology and is actively involved in field conservation in other countries worldwide. For further information please visit www.zsl.org


• The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to conserve the natural heritage of Bangladesh which is critical for ensuring the continued existence of the natural resources upon which the country depends, and for fortifying Bangladesh against a changing climate.  WTB uses a science based approach to develop and implement holistic solutions to fix the key issues facing the country’s wildlife.  WTB’s main projects are in the Sundarbans and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. More information about ZSL can be found at www.wildlifetrust-bd.org/http://wildlifetrust-bd.org/


• The Sundarbans Tiger Project (STP) is a joint initiative between the Bangladesh Forest Department, Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh, Zoological Society of London, University of Minnesota and local people. STP aims to conserve the Sundarbans for both tigers and people. More information on the Sundarbans Tiger Project is available on request. The project also has a website – www.sundarbanstigerproject.info and a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112599675435193

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