Special flying display by Pink Backed Pelican called Sprout
Special flying display: Sprout, a 3 year-old Pink Backed African Pelican, performs a flying display with Selina Reid, Deputy Living Collections Manager Presentations, at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre 75th year special celebration at the centre in Gloucestershire on Thursday 16th September 2021. The event focused on the past, present and future of WWT’s conservation work and Sprout performed at the opening of the new Living Wetland Theatre. The event celebrated the charity’s 75th year contributing to wetland conservation and the completion of the Slimbridge 2020 project. 75 years ago WWT was just an idea in the mind of founder, Sir Peter Scott. Slimbridge was the first WWT wetland centre to open in 1946 and it covers 1000 acres of exhibits and internationally important wetlands. Over 250,000 visitors a year visit the centre to connect with nature and it is the heart of WWT’s pioneering conservation breeding work. In 2016 WWT received £4.5m Lottery Funding towards a £6m project to continue this work in memory of Sir Peter Scott. WWT have now built 6 new exhibits at Slimbridge including the Living Wetland Theatre & Waterscapes Aviary - the largest exhibit, dedicated to engaging visitors in wetland conservation.