Nashville Zoo donates $30K for Australian wildfire relief

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 13:07:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Zoo is donating $30,000 to Australian wildfire relief efforts.

The donation will be sent to Bushfire Emergency Fund, Wildlife Rescue and Wildlife Warriors. The organizations help with emergency veterinary care, researching supplemental feeding for animals who survived the fires, but their habitats were destroyed, protecting and preserving native animals and supporting rescuers in the field.

“We’re deeply saddened by what’s happening to the wildlife and habitats in Australia,” said Rick Schwartz, Nashville Zoo President and CEO. “We feel a moral obligation to help the ongoing efforts and encourage others to show their support as well.”

Nashville Zoo is also donating money collected from the 2020 Round Up program, which offers guests the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar to donate to conservation. Round Up donation boxes can be found at every retail and concession location in the zoo and in Kangaroo Kickabout. The program raised almost $30,000 in 2019.