January 8, 2020
The bushfires in Australia are the most destructive in Australia's history and have devastated the landscape, houses, and killed thousands of animals, including endangered koalas. Early estimates speculate that 30 percent of the world's koala population have been killed by the fires.
At Palm Beach Zoo, our Queensland koalas, Katherine and Oz, are ambassadors for the koala population of Australia. We are connected to our AZA colleagues in Australia and deeply concerned about the future of koalas, kangaroos and other native species.
Many of our visitors have reached out about what they can do to support the efforts to aid Australia during this crisis. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), of which Palm Beach Zoo is a member, has recommended the following fund to help with the bushfire recovery.
Zoos Victoria in Australia has created the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. All funds raised will be used for critical care and long-term recovery of Australian Wildlife. Palm Beach Zoo will be collecting donations and transferring them to the Zoos Victoria fund. 100% of all donations will go to fund care and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife effected by the fires.
Include the word Australia in the memo portion of our donation form.
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