The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world’s most endangered species. Commercial hunting and, in the 20th century, eradication by fishermen and the pollution of its natural habitat have left the animal on the verge of extinction, with an estimated 500 in the wild. However, a conservation project in the Aegean set up by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) has produced promising results and more funding is needed if its work is to continue.
To support FPA2, Switzerland for the Oceans is organising a one-day charity bike ride on September 8, setting off from Zurich and returning in a loop via the town of Rapperswil-Jona. The distance is 100km, with an approximately 1,000m climb. Participation costs SFr350 (about £275), including breakfast, lunch and drinks at the end of the race – and a SFr300 (about £235) donation for each rider will go to aid FPA2’s work for monk seals.