Brookfield Zoo Is Raising Money for the Australian Bushfire Crisis

Brookfield Zoo is home to various animals from Australia, including wallabies, western grey kangaroos, southern hairy-nosed wombats, and Rodrigues fruit bats. While they call our Australia House exhibit home, millions of animals in Australia are currently fighting to survive the bushfires raging across the country.

According to many environmentalist estimates, the bushfires have burned through over 43 million acres of land so far and as many as 500 million animals, including critically endangered species, have perished. Several species find themselves in serious danger of never recovering while many others face dire fights for survival.


The Chicago Zoological Society's mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. We can see no greater call to action than responding to what is happening in Australia right now.

100% of the money raised through this fundraiser will be donated to Australia's Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) Wildlife Conservation Fund. Many of their member zoos and wildlife parks run wildlife hospitals, rescue and rehabilitation facilities and those in or near fire-affected areas are facing an overwhelming number of native animals requiring both short and long-term support. They are coordinating a collaborative response to the emerging rescue and rehabilitation needs of affected wildlife.

If you would like to help, you can contribute to the fundraiser here. Brookfield Zoo also has a donation link on our Facebook page. 100% of both donation options will go towards the fund.

Chicago Zoological Society and Brookfield Zoo believe that now, more than ever, the world needs conservation leaders who protect the world’s threatened wildlife and ecosystems. We need to make a positive impact on the natural world around us. While the Australian bushfires are devastating and the environmental losses shocking, we urge anyone who can to help in any way they can to begin the healing process for so many animals.


The next time you visit Brookfield Zoo, stop by Australia House to learn more about the many wonderful animals of the continent. Be sure to ask our animal care specialists about why it's so important to protect them and how you can make a different even from halfway around the world.

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Posted: 1/15/2020 12:02:39 PM by Sean Keeley

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