Supporting Australia…

Dudley Zoo and Castle is pledging to help the wildlife victims of the Australian bushfires by holding a fundraising event this Australia Day – and we’re inviting you to come and join us.

On Sunday 26th January we’ll be raising funds through Australian-themed games and activities in the Discovery Centre and sales of nectar pots for our Australian-native rainbow lorikeets, but we’ll also be donating half of all the day’s takings on the gate to Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife fund, which is helping provide expert veterinary care for impacted wildlife.

DZC Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “We’ve all been moved by the distressing images coming out of Australia and our thoughts are with everyone affected.

“As a wildlife conservation organisation we are also incredibly troubled by the millions of animals suffering because of these bushfires, including critically endangered species.

“It’s estimated around 500 million animals have perished so far and the bushfires are threatening to wipe out entire species and habitats, which is a frightening thought and staff at DZC were keen to do something to help.

“We have a variety of Australian species here at DZC including wallabies, lorikeets, kookaburras and bearded lizards so please put the date in your diaries and come and join us  and learn more, while helping us raise money for this worthwhile cause.”

Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation, made up of three Australian zoos – Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo – with our donation going towards long-term care for bushfire impacted animals including endangered species, such as supplementary feeding and habitat restoration in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria and associated recovery teams.

A spokesperson for Zoos Victoria, said: “At the moment the damage is difficult to assess, but we have a team of specialists and vets who are on the ground assessing the impact on our wildlife and the level of care required for each animal. It’s also important to note that some wildlife will be able to shelter themselves from the fires by going underground in burrows, but the damage is caused in the following months when their habitat and food supply has gone.”