Amazing news about Cecil Appeal
Aided by the $100,000 matching pledge from Tom and Daphne Kaplan, intended to push the Cecil Appeal to half a million pounds, we have just crossed that line, and hope to keep the momentum. We are hugely grateful to all the donors, large and small, who have achieved this incredible memorial to the illegal death of Cecil. Jimmy Kimmel begged his audience that some good should come of this, and his voice became a roar. David Macdonald and Andrew Loveridge, thank you all, on behalf of the whole team. We will devote ourselves, supported by the incredible generosity of these donations, to working for the conservation of lions in Hwange and, with this marvellous support, the surrounding landscapes in adjoining countries. David Macdonald says “I believe that the worldwide engagement with Cecil’s story transcends the tragic fate of one lion, and sends a signal that people care about conservation and want it to be reflected in how humanity lives alongside Nature in the 21st Century. We feel inspired by this support and will work tirelessly to deliver the science and understanding that will enable wildlife and people to co-exist for the wellbeing of both”.
Tom Kaplan says “Daphne and I are thrilled that the match has been achieved, and are grateful to all who have given to WildCRU’s appeal. Though cat conservation is a global passion, Cecil’s story is personal for us as funding the Hwange lion project nearly a decade ago — at a time when Cecil was already a participant — represented our first engagement with Oxford’s extraordinary and passionate wildlife conservationists. Since Cecil’s illegal death, David Macdonald, Andy Loveridge and the WildCRU team have worked tirelessly to turn this tragedy into an historic moment for the conservation of the lion…the big cat that is “disappearing in plain sight”. To the unprecedented number of fine people from all walks of life who are turning this pivotal moment into a movement… from Jimmy Kimmel to donors big and small… in Cecil’s memory, we applaud you all.”
Donations can be made at http://www.campaign.ox.ac.uk/wildcru