EXMOOR Zoo has thanked all its supporters and everyone who helped its efforts to raise money and awareness for a unique but threatened ecosystem. The zoo has just received a Bronze Award from EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) for raising m

EXMOOR Zoo has thanked all its supporters and everyone who helped its efforts to raise money and awareness for a unique but threatened ecosystem.The zoo has just received a Bronze Award from EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums) for raising more than £1,500 towards its campaign for the island of Madagascar.The Arovako I Madigasikar - I Protect Madagascar - appeal worked to raise funds to offer practical help for the beleaguered island, which is the fourth largest in the world, and its many rare species of animals.It contains five percent of all animal species in the world and 80 per cent of those can only be found in Madagascar, including the charismatic lemur primates popular with many zoo visitors.The zoo has received enthusiastic help from many local supporters during its campaign. Two classes at Berrynarbor Primary School wrote and acted in their own play called The Leopard's Drum, while the children have also been learning about Madagascar and its animals.Combe Martin businesses including the Village Bakery, Evoco Garage and Monica's have also lent a hand.This year Exmoor Zoo has joined EAZA to help raise money to buy a threatened area of rainforest in Brazil. The project is being run by REGUA (Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu) which works to protect one of the last stands of tropical rainforest left in the severely depleted Atlantic Rainforest.