A surprising announcement that the BBC wants to close down its 4-year-old Wildlife Conservation Fund, which has raised nearly $5 million for endangered species including snow leopards.
The fund has raised the money mainly from fans of their fabulous wildlife documentaries, financing over 80 programs around the world. David Attenborough’s Planet series (in the Mountain epsiode) had magnificent footage of a snow leopard stalking a wild sheep to feed it’s cub. This was a world first and often when I talk to people about snow leopards they say “oh I saw one on David Attenborough!”
It was great that the BBC not only bought the lives of endangered species into our living rooms but also committed to fund raising and action to help these animals. Sadly that seems now to be under threat as part of cost cutting.