As well as honouring the service and sacrifice of all the heroic soldiers and fallen heroes this Remembrance Sunday, the team at Cotswold Wildlife Park are also proudly supporting the Purple Poppy Appeal, which honours the service of animals in war and provides a lasting legacy for animals in need.

More than 16 million animals served in the First World War alone, and camels, horses, donkeys, elephants, bears and zebras have all played a role during wartime. In a special event at the park this week, two founding members behind the Purple Poppy Appeal met Cotswold Wildlife Park's animals. They also met gardener Mandy (pictured here), whose green fingers turned purple this year as she knitted special purple poppies to raise money for the War Horse Memorial's Purple Poppy Appeal – Mandy's hand-knitted poppies are being sold to members of staff to raise money for the charity. Mandy has knitted around 100 poppies so far and the fundraising total is going up every day. The Park will match-fund Mandy's grand total, and the charity's official Purple Poppy pins are also on sale in the park's gift shop.

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