DRUSILLAS Park’s first ever Virtual Race for Conservation has raised £5,000.

Between Monday 5th – Sunday 11th October, over 100 people raced a combined total of 800 kilometres to raise money for their conservation Charity of The Year, The Sloth Conservation Foundation (SloCo).

The Sloth Conservation Foundation is a non-profit UK registered charity based in Costa Rica, that aims to protect sloths in the wild through conservation initiatives and scientific research.

Deputy Managing Director, Cassie Poland, said: “We are so proud of everyone who took part in our first ever virtual race for conservation! We are ecstatic to have raised so much money!

We can’t believe we have managed to smash past the five-thousand-pound barrier, especially with all the chaos there has been this year.

Well done everyone who took part; staff and members of the public alike, what an incredible effort and an amazing thing to do for conservation.

“We were working in association with England Athletics and Run Britain and the race was open to anyone who wanted to take part – there are no entry requirements so it didn’t matter your age or ability, anyone could get involved.

We had people running, walking, cycling, toddling, swimming, scooting or wheeling, a distance of 2.5k, 5k or 10k and what a fantastic job they all did.”

Drusillas has been working together with SloCo over the past few months to help them work towards achieving their conservation goals. The foundation was created by Dr Rebecca Cliffe, one of the world’s leading experts in sloths.

SloCo Founder and Director, Dr Rebecca Cliffe said: “We can’t thank Drusillas and their virtual racers enough. What an amazing amount of money! We can achieve our goals because of achievements like this! Thank you everyone!”

“Sloth populations are in decline throughout South and Central America as they struggle to adapt to the urbanisation of the rainforest. Saving the world’s slowest mammal from extinction now requires innovative and long-term conservation solutions that target both human and sloth populations.”

“One person at a time, one day at a time, and one project at a time, we all have the ability to make a serious difference and leave a lasting impact on the world. We are at serious risk of pushing our sloth species to extinction, it is heart-breaking to see the impact we are having on these amazing creatures.”

The Sloth Conservation Foundation has seven primary conservation programs that help to protect sloths in the wild, to read all about these programs please visit www.slothconservation.com

Zoo Animal Manager, Mark Kenward, said: “Sloths need our help now more than ever, so by donating even a little you can help us make a huge difference to the survival rates of sloths in the wild. Let us learn lessons from everything that has been going on globally and use it as motivation to take positive action and save our wildlife before it is too late.”

“And once again we would like to thank everyone who helped us reach this amazing goal, the difference these funds can make is huge. Thank you!!”