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TUESDAY, March 3, 2009

San Diego Zoo Helping Australian Fire Wildlife

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The San Diego Zoo is taking donations on behalf of the animals that lost their habitat in the recent bushfires in Australia.

The Australian government estimates that at least one million animals were killed in the fires and thousands more were injured. Many of the animals that survived the fires were left in a burned habitat with no available food sources.

The funds will go toward food supplies that will be dropped into the burned areas for animals that survived the fires but are now starving because their food sources are gone. Monies will also give veterinarians in the field medical supplies to treat injured wildlife, temporary carriers for transporting the animals to treatment facilities, ongoing care in rescue centers and rebuilding wildlife shelters that were burned in the fires. Once animals are safe, it is necessary to start restoring the natural habitat of the rescued animals so they will have enough resources for food and shelter when they are returned to the wild

The San Diego Zoo and its staff understand the devastation that is caused by wildfires and has learned from its own experience that wildlife recovery efforts must be taken in phases. The San Diego Zoo expects to send the first round of funds raised to Wildlife Victoria in March.


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