January 17, 2020

Denver Zoo Announces Support for Australian Bush Fire Relief

Denver Zoo and donors send $93,000 in contributions to support Zoos Victoria

 

Many of you share our deep concern over the devastating bushfires that are sweeping across Australia and taking a tremendous toll on the country’s diverse wildlife. The scale of loss is staggering and heartbreaking, with perhaps more than a billion animals killed, including many that are already threatened or endangered.

Last week, Denver Zoo made an immediate contribution of $5,000 and matched the first $5,000 in additional donations through our Field Conservation fund to Zoos Victoria. Zoo's Victoria's animal care and health experts are on the frontlines of the wildlife rescue effort, providing critical care, food and water to injured animals. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our extended Zoo family, we’ve raised more than $93,000 so far for Zoos Victoria. We’re also closely monitoring the situation and will evaluate other ways to assist in the near future, including potential direct staff involvement, as the nature of the emergency becomes clearer.

As a leading global zoo and fellow member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Zoos Victoria has taken a strong initiative to develop and manage this fund, and we have tremendous confidence they will maximize the impact in response to this crisis. Thank you for your support and generous donations at this critical time. Your contributions will have a major impact on rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Australia.

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