WINNIPEG — The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is donating $10,000 toward wildfire relief efforts in Australia.
APC has launched an emergency fundraising campaign, which has already brought in more than $5,000.
“As an organization and community of people dedicated to animal care, wildlife conservation, and environmental education, we have an opportunity to lead by example by contributing directly to wildlife relief efforts in Australia and inspiring others to do the same,” said Dr. Chris Enright, director, veterinary services and animal welfare, Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
“We have invited our staff, volunteers, members and community to join us and come together to match our donation.”
More than 7.3 million hectares of land have burned and over 1 billion mammals, birds and reptiles — some of them found nowhere else on Earth — may have been affected or killed by the fires.
People wishing to support APC’s Australian Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Campaign can make a donation online or by calling APC’s donation line at (204) 927-8080 or toll-free at 1-877-927-6006. 100% of donations to this fund received between now and January 22 — including APC’s $10,000 contribution — will be divided evenly and distributed to the Zoos Victoria, Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund and World Wildlife Fund Canada.