We love animals at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and, in 2011, we’re proud to have launched the Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF).
CCF was set up to raise money to help protect the future of nature and wildlife through conservation work and education at Chessington Zoo in Surrey, in the local community and worldwide.
The Zoo is already involved with many national and international breeding programmes for rare and endangered species with BIAZA and EAZA. We’re taking this further by partnering with a number of charities and organisations involved in the conservation of endangered species and the protection of their natural habitats.
In response to the growing Rhino poaching crisis, CCF recently partnered with Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe to support their Rhino monitoring, conservation and protection efforts through the purchase of a Land Rover to help the organisation effectively navigate Matopos National Park.
In addition, CCF purchased a range of equipment to assist Park Rangers including Binoculars, Cameras and Rhino identification cards. Jon and Georgie visited Matopos National Park in February 2015 to see their work first hand and meet some of the Rangers and search for some White Rhino.
The World Land Trust takes direct action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats by purchasing land and establishing permanent wildlife reserves. In 2014 Chessington aided in the purchase of 128 acres of land in the Cazaderos Reserve, Ecuador and have paid for a ranger to protect this land.
Not only has this provided an income for the ranger, safeguarded the wildlife but it has also given the local community a vested interest in its survival. Lisa and Colleen visited the Cazaderos Reserve in 2014 and here is a short video showing what they found.
Ape Action Africa works on the front-line of great ape protection. Their goals are to address the immediate threats faced by gorillas and chimps in Africa, and to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. CCF bought an X – Ray machine for Ape Action Africa to assist them in their efforts to rehabilitate orphaned gorillas.
The Surrey Wildlife Trust is the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. Chessington World of Adventures Resort currently supports this organisation as a Corporate Gold Member and will continue to work closely on projects both run and endorsed by the Trust.
We have some exciting projects coming up including:
Chessington World of Adventures receives numerous requests for support from many worthwhile causes and unfortunately we are unable to help everybody.
We are delighted to support Merlin Entertainments’ special charity – Merlin’s Magic Wand – to provide magical experiences to many children who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.
Because of the good work we already do we can only offer support to a small number of requests within the immediate locality of the park. If you are not in our neighbourhood we are unable to support you.
Due to the volume of requests we receive every day, we cannot respond to them all. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks, then we regret to inform you that your request has been unsuccessful.
Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charity of the world’s second biggest global visitor attractions group, Merlin Entertainments. Formed in 2008, Merlin’s Magic Wand looks to deliver magical experiences to disadvantaged children across the world – and since we began more than 110,000 children and their families have already benefited.
Many children, through serious illness, disability or other disadvantage, are not able to enjoy the kind of days out that others take for granted. By providing tickets and financial support in the form of travel grants, Merlin’s Magic Wand aims to ensure that these children can enjoy a magical day with their friends and family at Merlin Entertainment Group’s attractions across the world. More than that, where children are too sick to visit us we are also developing a number fun play projects in hospices and hospitals close to our attractions.
To find out more information about Merlin's Magic Wand, the eligibility criteria, and how you can apply, please visit www.merlinsmagicwand.org.
Thank you for our trip to Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Our son and we had a marvellous time. The Zoo section is amazing as is the SEA LIFE centre. The rides are brilliant and we all had a great time despite the rain. Our son is now 18 and has very fond memories of the trip. It increased his confidence no end. Your charity does a wonderful job. Thank you once again for making a memory making, family day out possible. All the staff at the park are extremely helpful and the park spotless.
Please note: Merlin’s Magic Wand has been set up to work directly with children, families and organisations that will benefit from a day out. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tickets to other charities to assist them with their fundraising through raffles and auctions.
Chessington World of Adventures offers a Schools Partnership Scheme which gives PTA's at local schools the opportunity to fundraise by working directly with us to promote Chessington.
If you would like more information on the scheme please email the following address and we can discuss how we can work together in the future: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck with all your fundraising events.