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Buffalo Zoo launches campaign to support Australia wildfire recovery effort

Posted: 10:54 AM, Jan 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-11 10:54:23-05
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Western New York continues to support the recovery efforts in Australia as they battle devastating wildfires.

Earlier this week we told you about WNYers sewing "Joey Pouches" for kangaroos in fire-ravaged Australia, now the Buffalo Zoo has announced a campaign to support recovery efforts for animals impacted by the wildfires.

"Australia’s wildfires have decimated habitats and killed over a billion animals, and that number is only growing. One of the most biodiverse areas in the world, Australia is home to over 300 native species of mammals alone. Experts estimate that a third of koalas have already been killed in the deadly fires or as a result of the smoke. Each day, the loss of mammals, birds, and reptiles grows as millions of acres of land burn.

At the Buffalo Zoo, we understand that the endangerment of wildlife across the world affects all of us."

Throughout January and February the zoo will contribute a portion of gate admissions and parking revenue to Zoos Victoria. Its food partner, SSA, will also donate a portion of its proceeds during that time.

The zoo has also set up a donation page on its website, which can be found here, to donate to Zoos Victoria Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. The zoo's board of directors will match the funds donated up to $10,000 to double the impact of the donations.

A happy hour event will also be hosted by the zoo at Community Beer Works on February 13th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and proceeds will go towards the relief fund.