Heart of England Wildlife Park

by Heart of England Wildlife Park in Redditch, England, United Kingdom

£43,605

raised of £150,000 target

130

supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 11th October 2020 at 11:30am

Heart of England Wildlife Park are a conservation and education enterprise giving YOU a chance to have a say in the development of our zoo!

by Heart of England Wildlife Park in Redditch, England, United Kingdom

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Heart of England Wildlife Park is a conservation and education enterprise based in the West Midlands. We are currently finalising our planning application to be submitted to Redditch Borough Council for the Wildlife Park and we look forward to welcoming up to 100,000 visitors to our attraction each year. It is our mission to inspire all of our guests and supporters with the beauty and diversity of both exotic wildlife and the Worcestershire countryside.

1599644400_9nifortq.jpegHeart of England Wildlife Park intends to open its doors to the public in early 2021 with the establishment of a Savannah themed café and the wildlife park gift shop selling iconic brands such as Schleich and Playmobil. We have already secured major partnerships with both of these companies and currently display their products on our digital 'Safari Store'.

We have worked with our architects and zoological consultants to design modern,1599644317_feed_zebra.jpeg spacious enclosures for our wide range of exotic animals including endangered zebra, ostrich and even meerkats! We aspire for Heart of England Wildlife Park to become one of the most significant tourist destinations in Worcestershire and look forward to fascinating generations of visitors with the wonders of the natural world.

Our mission focuses on saving wildlife across the globe, through successful collaborations with educational institutions and the development of conservation science, working to protect the world’s most vulnerable species and habitats. We are keen to help facilitate the development of research in to animal husbandry and behaviour whilst we also seek to research the impact of nature on mental health and wellbeing.  Heart of England Wildlife Park will be a hub for promoting and encouraging sustainable behaviours within households, developing the conservationists of the future and giving families a great day out.

1597499457_crowdfund_page_break.jpgHeart of England Wildlife Park is a registered limited company with philanthropic and altruistic aims. By 2028 we intend to care for nearly 300 animals of 50 species, from meerkats to tapirs and lemurs to zebras. Our participation alongside other zoological collections in captive breeding programmes will be vital for species on the very brink of extinction. In addition to our ex-situ conservation efforts at the wildlife park, we fully intend for our conservation efforts to be worldwide, working with conservation partners to ensure the protection of wildlife species in their natural habitat.

2020 sees the launch of our five-year Heart of England Wildlife Park Master Plan, which sets out how we will develop the zoological collection and work towards establishing conservation work to include captive wildlife breeding; field conservation and behaviour change and advocacy through our extensive education programmes. This important master plan will ensure that Heart of England Wildlife Park will transition into both a locally and globally renowned conservation organisation. 

We are an ambitious and forward-thinking organisation and realise that the project will not only complement existing conservation efforts, but also provide a significant economic impact for South Worcestershire in terms of GDP growth, multiplier effects and rural employment opportunities in a post-Covid world.

Our vision is for Heart of England Wildlife Park to be a key part of the south Worcestershire community creating social benefits that far exceed any minor external costs. We want to work alongside the people within the south Worcestershire community to protect wildlife now and for future generations.

We've also launched a YouTube series documenting our journey from Concept to Conservation! Episode Two even features a first look at our landscape plans for the Wildlife Park.

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Heart of England Wildlife Park has been 28 years in the making. Our Director Martin Blyth took the extraordinary leap of courage, selling his house and leaving behind a successful career in education management to found Heart of England Wildlife Park. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, access to traditional sources of finance have been slow to access, with banks prioritising existing customers over those looking to grow their new project. Despite the inefficiency in accessing traditional funding, Martin is using private finance to continue the venture and will not give up on his dream of creating a world leading conservation enterprise. Heart of England Wildlife Park has already sourced a range of exotic animals, secured partnerships with world leading brands and developed relationships with global experts in zoo management. 

Although we already have the finance to completely renovate our cafe and gift shop and a small number of exhibits, your support will enable Heart of England Wildlife Park to develop world class exhibits for our first arrivals. Since launching our press release in August 2020, we have already received further financial backing but the CrowdFunder initiative will allow us to put our zoo on the map and get Redditch roaring again! 

Although our species list is subject to change, we expect to welcome Zebra, Red River Hog, Ostrich and Meerkats to our wildlife park in readiness for opening. You can check out our YouTube series for a sneak peek at our planning and design proposals!

It is evident that there are many people throughout the global economy who have had aspirations to create their own zoo or wildlife park but have not been able to access the finance required to build a world leading attraction. With the groundwork in place to develop Heart of England Wildlife Park, we are offering YOU the chance to help us run our new zoological collection via our unique membership package.

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Although we are offering a range of rewards in return for your support, our most exciting reward is the opportunity for YOU to join our 'Pack', 'Pride' or 'Parade'. Each of the three membership categories will allow you to vote at least twice weekly on p1600021188_clothing_cf.jpgroject developments at Heart of England Wildlife Park. YOU will be able to help us make decisions about which animals should be added to our collection, what admission fee should be charged, which animal should feature on the front of our guidebook, which conservation projects we should support in the wild and YOU can even vote to help name our animals. In addition to accessing our special members only forum you will also be able to access exclusive content, events, competitions and much, much more over your 12 month membership period. You won't legally own a share in the zoo, but your contribution can make a meaningful difference to our project and the conservation of endangered wildlife species.

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If joining our 'pack' has left you hungry for more, you can upgrade to a 'Pride Membership Package' which gives you twelve months unlimited access to the park from our opening day. We are even offering a 'Parade Package' where in addition to all of the benefits of the standard and gold package you will also be able to take part in our 'Zoo Manager for the Day' experience and you will be able to come along to the zoo, go behind the scenes, meet our animals and dine with members of our management team.

All supporters will receive a permanent mention on our website's supporter page in addition to the benefits mentioned at each reward level.

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It is our aim to deliver all of your rewards by the estimated delivery dates stated on our page. If for an unforeseeable reason this date needs to change then we will contact you in advance with a new estimated delivery date.

Any of our reward packages which feature experiences at the zoo are as stated and do not include travel or expenses. Any experiences involving animals do have a minimum age requirement of 10 years old and all participants must be in good health. All experience vouchers must be redeemed within 24 months of the Wildlife Park opening to the general public (Estimated Opening - Easter 2021).

Our 'Pack', 'Pride' and 'Parade' membership packages do not offer an actual share of ownership in Heart of England Wildlife Park Ltd. Each membership package lasts for 12 months only and members will be offered the opportunity to renew their membership for another annual fee at the end of their first year of membership.

'Pack' membership packages do not include zoo admission and a separate entry ticket must be purchased for all future visits to Heart of England Wildlife Park. Unlimited admission for twelve months is offered to all members of our 'Pride' and 'Parade'  initiative.

Corporate sponsorship packages for individual animals or exhibits last for 12 months only from the point of the Wildlife Park opening to the general public.

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Whether you've donated £1 or £1,000, you can be assured that every penny will be used to develop our conservation focused mission, safeguarding threatened species and furthering our educational outreach.

Your support in liking our social media pages and sharing our project's crowdfunding page is equally as important as your financial contribution.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

Pack Member - One Year Access

Have you ever imagined running your own zoo? Help us run ours by JOINING THE PACK. You will be able to vote on what animal species we add to our collection, help us name new arrivals and even decide which animals feature on the cover of our guidebook. Every week PACK members will be asked to vote on at least two management decisions at the zoo and you will also be invited to 'Pack Events' and have access to exclusive discounts and competitions

£5 or more

Adopt a Honey Bee and Receive a Virtual Thank You

Pledge £5 to adopt one of the honey bees in our planned apiary and support pollinators in the Heart of England. You'll also receive a virtual thank you certificate via email from everybody at the zoo. Your name will also appear on our website's supporters page for life.

£10 or more

Exclusive Wildlife Park Pop Badge

Pledge £10 to get your hands on our exclusive supporter pop badge and see your name on the supporters page of our website.

£15 or more

Heart of England Wildlife Park Face Mask

Phone, wallet, keys.. FACE MASK! Be prepared with our Heart of England Wildlife Park branded face covering!

£25 or more

Appear on our Supporter's Board.

Pledge £25 today and your name will be displayed on our supporter's board in our Savannah themed cafe. Your name will also appear on our website's supporters page for life and we'll even send you a collectable Heart of England Wildlife Park Pop badge in the post!

£30 or more

Heart of England Wildlife Park T-Shirt

Thanks to overwhelming demand, we have launched our wildly fashionable Heart of England Wildlife Park t-shirts!

£40 or more

Heart of England Wildlife Park Sweatshirt

'Where can I get one of your sweatshirts?' - Now LIVE on our CrowdFunder page - you can get one of our LIMITED EDITION HofEWP branded sweatshirts!

£50 or more

Heart of England Wildlife Park Hoodie

Due to a significant number of requests, we are delighted to launch our Heart of England Wildlife Park hoodies!

£80 or more

Pride Member - One Year Access

Have you ever imagined running your own zoo? Help us run ours by joining our Pack and becoming a regular guest at Heart of England Wildlife Park. In addition to all the benefits of the 'Pack' membership, you will also receive an annual pass allowing you to visit the zoo every day of the open season! Check out our the 'Pride Promo' video for more information!

£200 or more

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Pre-opening Visit and Tour

Join our Director for a tour of the Wildlife Park before the grand opening (estimated April 2021). The tour will last approximately 2 hours and afterwards guests will enjoy a complementary hot drink and piece of cake in our Savannah themed cafe. You'll also appear on our supporter's board in our Savannah themed cafe and receive a complementary Heart of England Wildlife Park collectable pop badge.

£250 or more

Parade Member - One Year Access

Have you ever imagined running your own zoo? Help us run ours by joining our parade! In addition to all of the benefits of the 'Pride Member' package, you will also be able to take part in our Zoo Manager for the day experience. You can get up close to some of our exotic animals, enjoy a conversation about conservation with a member of our management team at lunch and see behind the scenes as we build a world class zoological collection!

£1,000 or more

Lifetime Pack Membership and Annual Pass

If you are as passionate about animals as we are, then a lifetime pass will secure you unlimited entry to Heart of England Wildlife Park for the rest of your life. You'll also appear on our supporter's board in our Savannah themed cafe and receive a complementary Heart of England Wildlife Park collectable pop badge.

£1,500 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Corporate Sponsorship Package

See your company's logo appear at the top of the supporter's page on our website. You will also be able to meet our Director for a private dinner at a nearby restaurant and ask questions about the development of Heart of England Wildlife Park. You will also receive 50 exclusive pop badges for your team. A post about your company will also be shared on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram streams.

£5,000 or more

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Sponsor an Animal Exhibit For 12 Months

Are you looking for a sponsorship opportunity for your business? Pledge £5,000 and you can sponsor one of our animal exhibits. We intend to have zebra, ostrich and primates upon opening and your company's logo can appear on the enclosure, on our website and in our guidebook. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more details if required.

Let's make 'Heart of England Wildlife Park' happen

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