Brevard Zoo Wildlife Emergency Fund Assists Wildlife Worldwide

By  //  March 6, 2023

This fund was recently able to help two nonprofits address dire threats

The Brevard Zoo also provided an emergency grant to Mkomazi National Park, which protects black rhinos. (Photo courtesy of Mkomazi National Park).

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA—Through your support, The Brevard Zoo Wildlife Emergency Fund can help wildlife worldwide.  This fund was recently able to help two nonprofits address dire threats to the wildlife they serve.

While the Zoo continued to monitor and guard against avian flu this fall, they sent funds to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to deal with an outbreak amongst the African penguins undergoing rehabilitation at their seabird hospital in Cape Town.

The outbreak set in motion a quarantine state and strict biosecurity measures.

The organization has faced many challenges since then, including closing its doors to the public. However, after vigorous PCR testing and negative results, the seabirds can be released back into their natural ranges! They have also demobilized their off-site quarantine facility.

Brevard Zoo also provided an emergency grant to Mkomazi National Park. This park is the home of black rhinos, among other species.

Tourists can watch rhinos at close range since the park has installed an electric fence in two areas where the black rhinos are, this protects them from poachers and predators.

When one of their fence energizers was damaged due to a natural disaster, they applied to the Zoo’s emergency grant to get a replacement. The WEF is made possible through the sale of collectible animal buttons, which are created by the zoo’s volunteers and sold throughout the Zoo.

We encourage you to donate to one of these organizations or collect their animal buttons so we can help even more animals in need.

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