EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Hawk Creek Wildlife Center in East Aurora has a massive rat problem. The problem, is that they need more of them to feed their animals.
For the past 30 years, Hawk Creek has received a $65,000 donation each year. Most, if not all, went towards the almost $95,000 food tab that the 90 animals at the Center rack up. With the lost donation, Hawk Creek is in need of plenty of donations from the public.
"It's a huge loss for us. We have to get creative ways to fundraise money to make up that budget loss" Tiffany Cimino, conservationist/PR Director for Hawk Creek said.
The animals at the Center range from hawks and ravens to porcupines and lynx. All of which have a different diet.
"To feed a hawk or a lynx for a year it costs over $2,000" Cimino said.
Hawk Creek uses these animals to educate local schools about wildlife conservation.
"Just teaching children the importance of our world and nature and how everything is connected to each other" Cimino said.
In addition to monetary donations, Hawk Creek needs produce and fresh meat to give to the animals.
For more information, visit Hawk Creek's website here.