High-flying birds raise thousands for charity at Tropical Butterfly House

By Michael Upton | 30/10/2017

High-flying birds raise thousands for charity at Tropical Butterfly House
Pictured (from left to right) are, Kerry Lads, Sophie Wadsworth, Sophie Robersts and Clara Cranston. 171790-1

A FLOCK of high-flying birds are stealing the show in a charity challenge.

The exotic birds at the Tropical Butterfly House near South Anston have attracted charity donations of £7,645 with their impressive displays.

Birds in the display often include the centre’s star red and green macaws Alfie and Kato, blue and gold macaws Delta and Echo, Hahn’s macaws Che and Estaban, and kites Jet, Sonic and Rogue.

Kerry Ladds, assistant bird team leader, said: “At the end of our free flying bird and animal displays, many visitors have either given a donation, or purchased a wristband for charity. 

“Altogether, a whopping £7,645 has been raised so far this year, and all of the staff at the Tropical Butterfly House would like to thank visitors for their generosity. 

“It really makes a difference to animals in the wild.”

The cash has been split between six charities, with £2,370 going to the World Parrot Trust, £2,213 has gone to the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s International Vulture Programme (IVP), £1,562 allocated to the SWCC Hedgehog Hospital, £1,000 sent to the Gharial Conservation Alliance, which aims to stem the decline of gharial crocodiles, and £250 each to the SK58 Birders Group and Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

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