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Buffalo Zoo launches community campaign to raise funds for Australian wildfire relief


Mon, Jan 13th 2020 03:25 pm

The Buffalo Zoo is doing its part in helping raise much-needed emergency funds for those affected by the devastating bushfires in Australia.

A portion of every Buffalo Zoo admission sold during January and February, as well as proceeds from the “Cars for Conservation” program, will be donated to Zoos Victoria’s bushfire emergency wildlife fund. All funds raised will be used for critical care and long-term recovery of Australian wildlife.

“All of us have seen the news. The tragic stories of people losing their homes and the impact on wildlife and wild places is heartbreaking,” said Norah Fletchall, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo. “As champions of wildlife conservation, it is our duty to help. We know our colleagues in Australia are doing everything they can, and we are doing the same in Buffalo.

The Zoological Society of Buffalo board of directors will also match all funds raised through the Buffalo Zoo’s two-month campaign.

“The board agreed that we need to be leaders in helping support Australia,” Chairman Jon Dandes said. “This is just a start. We ask everyone in Western New York organizations and individuals alike to donate.”

Online donations can be made at www.buffalozoo.org or directly to the Zoos Victoria’s donation page at https://w.zoo.org.au/fire-fund/.

The Buffalo Zoo is currently holding the Polar Bear Days reduced admission deal. Admission is just $8.95 per person while parking is $5 per car. The venue is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Grounds close at 5 p.m.

For more information about the Buffalo Zoo, visit www.buffalozoo.org.

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