Many have reached out to AZA regarding the terrible wildfires impacting Australia's citizens and wildlife. AZA has reached out to our friends in Australia to express hope that our friends and colleagues there are safe and to also ask what we might be able to do to help. The large-scale devastation of these fires is unprecedented and recovery efforts include immediate responses to injured wildlife and long-term recovery planning.
In addition, many AZA-accredited facilities are mobilizing to help Australia. You can follow this link to find your local facility and discover how they are helping: https://www.aza.org/find-a-zoo-or-aquarium
Here are some ways that you can help today:
Zoos Victoria, Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund: https://www.zoo.org.au/fire-fund/
From their website: Your tax-deductible donation to the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund will go towards ensuring long-term care for bushfire impacted animals, including endangered species, such as supplementary feeding and habitat restoration in conjunction with the Australia Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, and associated recovery teams.
Zoos and Aquariums Association of Australasia Wildlife Conservation Fund: https://www.zooaquarium.org.au/Public/Australian-bushfire-crisis-response.aspx
From their website: Many Zoos and Aquariums Association of Australasia member zoos and wildlife parks run wildlife hospitals, rescue and rehabilitation facilities and those in or near fire-affected areas are facing an OVERWHELMING number of native animals requiring both short and long-term support. They are coordinating a crisis response to tackle the immense wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work to be done. They plan to bring together the significant expertise, resources, equipment and facilities across their 95 member zoos, wildlife parks, and aquariums to help native animals in the crisis-affected areas.
Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund: https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/drr
From their website: Our experience in emergencies shows that donations of money, wherever possible, help affected communities recover sooner. Our newly available Emergency Grants will meet the need of helping to cover everyday expenses, allowing people whose homes have been lost to the fires to assess and purchase what they need most.
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