A charity beer has raised an elephantine sum for wildlife conservation. Bays Brewery helped generate £3,282 by selling a special beer – Trunk Ale - on behalf of wildlife charity Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

Paignton Zoo supports environmental education in the Omo Forest of south-western Nigeria, where the elusive forest elephant still survives. The Zoo has been funding work there since 2008.

The Paignton micro-brewery is a long-time supporter of Paignton Zoo and its conservation projects. Pete Salmon, from Bays, said: “Since 2013, our partnership with Paignton Zoo has raised nearly £17,000, with beers themed around rhinos, giraffes, gorillas, crocodiles – and now elephants.”

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “This is a fantastic sum of money raised by Bays doing what they do best – selling great beer.” The money was raised through beer sales and charity collecting tins at participating pubs.

Trunk Ale was brewed using traditional methods but with exciting new hops, resulting in a well-balanced deep amber ale of 4.5%. Bays donated 10 pence from every pint sold to the conservation charity. 

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