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Surrey schoolboy to cycle 600 miles for endangered pangolins

Surrey schoolboy to cycle 600 miles for endangered pangolins

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 22nd July 2019.

A Surrey schoolboy is set to cycle all the way from Woking to Switzerland to raise money for endangered pangolins. 

Izzak Yeoman, 12,  is making the trip with his dad Gregory, from Staines-on-Thames, from the WWF-UK's head office to the international office overseas. 

The 600 mile epic challenge will take them two weeks and they're making the trip to raise awareness and funds for the charity's work on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. 

On why he's chosen to raise money for pangolins, Izaak told Eagle: 

"They've been my favourite animal for quite a long time and I read about someone who rode 5 miles to raise money for an animal. So, I thought why don't I do that for pangolins because they're really endangered".

"Lots of people don't know what a pangolin is but they are very important in the areas they live and because of the poaching they could go extinct very soon."

Izaak Yeoman
Izaak Yeoman, 12, has even had the backing of Sir David Attenborough.

Izaak was particularly moved when he learnt how pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world.

Up to 62,800 pangolins are estimated to be traded each year, with over a million killed in the last decade. This is largely to supply demand in east Asia for meat and scales, which are used in tonics and traditional medicines.

With help from supporters, the pair are hoping to raise £5,000 for the WWF.

And Izaak's even managed to get Sir David Attenborough on board his campaign! 

"I wrote just to tell him about what I was doing because he is an ambassador for WWF so it seemed fitting to tell him.

"He wrote back to wish me good luck - impressed with my dedication towards pangolins."

You can find their fundraising page here.

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