WELCOME TO OUR DISAPPEARING PLANET
RIP to our friend and supporter Philip Voss
A true gentleman with a kind heart
PLEASE read and forward to ALL your friends
From Jane Goodall
SARS, MERS and Covid-19 are
that envolved from animals to infect humans
Is it animals fighting back????
When a bat flaps its wings in a wet market in Wuhan
the whole world feels it!
10 years ago Gary Stone-Houghton
the founder of Our Disappearing Planet (ODP)
wanted to raise some money in his spare time
for an animal charity called
The World Land Trust
that he had been reading about.
He wrote off to some celebrities mainly from
EastEnders and Coronation Street
asking for donated signed photos for auction.
The response was so overwhelming than in no time at all
he had raised £1000 which he sent to
The World Land Trust and thought no more of it.
Several weeks later he received
an email not only thanking him
for his donation but stating his £1000
had enabled them to purchase
1 square foot of rainforest
that could not be built on as it now belonged to
Our Disappearing Planet
That was the catalyst to devote more and more of his spare time
to request donated signed photographs
from TV and film actors and in June 2014
ODP became a registered animal charity
(Registration number: 1131614).
99% of ODP's fundraising is through
auctioning celebrity signed photos and memorabilia
and since becoming a registered animal charity
has acquired many hundreds of
who are all happy to donate photos when needed.
Since becoming registered
ODP has raised tens of thousands of £’s
and has helped scores of animal charities/good causes.
At the beginning of 2018
it was decided that the monies raised in that year
would go to one specific cause which was the
Big Cat Sanctuary.
While raising money for them
Dame Judi Dench
one of ODP’s longest supporters came along with her partner
David Mills OBE,
who founded and still runs the
British Wildlife Centre
to see for themselves what a truly wonderful place
it was and for Dame Judi to present
the founder of the Big Cat Sanctuary
with a cheque for
While there Dame Judi Dench and David Mills OBE
also accepted a cheque for £1000 for the British Wildlife Centre.
And a few months later had another cheque for £4708.43.
During 2018 Gary, now the CEO,
took actress Caroline Munro
one of the charities longest supporters
to a convention in Coventry called
Coventry Comic Con
and while there persuaded the owner
to donate some of the proceeds
from his next convention in 2019 to ODP.
He kept to his word which allowed
2 large enclosures to be built at The Hounslow Urban Farm
1 heated indoor enclosure with waterfall for an unwanted 6 ft long Water Monitor
The other an outdoor enclosure
with access to a heated indoor enclosure
with running fresh water stream
for a pair of unwanted Common Marmosets
While in quarantine the female gave birth to twins
1 male and 1 female
and after quarantine were housed in their new spacious home.
A few weeks later a 6ft Common Iguana was acquired,
again as an unwanted pet, but space was limited
so it was introduced to the marmoset enclosure.
Here they are getting on really well together in harmony.
Since then Jeff has become the Ambassador for ODP
and on October 3rd 2020,
Coventry Comic Con now named CovCon
will put on its 4th yearly convention,
this time the majority of the celebrity guests
attending will be giving their time for free
and ODP Is not only raising money
for animal charities but it has been decided
that breast cancer charities will benefit too
as they are close to Caroline Munro's heart,
Caroline being a long time friend and one of
ODP's longest celebrity supporter.
Caroline will decide which charities benefit from all monies raised.
And Gary who still puts in hours and hours of hard work
to contact and meet celebrities to get
In Person signed photos
which will be sold to create precious funds for other charities.
Rare, rescued albino orangutan in Borneo
We have set up some monthly donations - why don't you?
The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation
"Every bit of the rainforest that is knocked down is less space for orangutans.
They have been reduced very seriously in the past decade, and we must do all we can to reverse this devastation"
Sir David Attenborough.
The World Wide Fund for Nature
is an international non-governmental organisation
founded in 1961
working in the field of wilderness preservation
and the reduction of human impact on the environment.
is a non-governmental
environmental organisation with offices
in over 39 countries and was founded in 1971
THE LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS – AN ESTEEMED ANIMAL CHARITY
For as long as hunting wild animals with dogs has existed,
people will have been opposed to it.
The League Against Cruel Sports was founded in 1924
with the aim of banning fox hunting, stag hunting,
otter hunting, hare hunting and hare coursing in the UK.
Today, sadly, we are still campaigning on many of the same issues.
The League is known for being instrumental
in bringing about the Hunting Act 2004
which banned hunting with hounds in England and Wales,
yet we are still fighting to protect foxes,
hare and deer from illegal hunting which takes place
far too frequently across the UK.