Zoo World accepting donations to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Zoo World in Panama City Beach is doing its part to help out animals affected by the Australian Wildfires.

The zoo started collecting donations January 10, and in just two days, has raised more than $1,000. (WJHG/WECP)

The zoo started collecting donations January 10, and in just two days, has raised more than $1,000. Zoo World will also be matching monetary donations up to $5,000.

If you know how to sew and want to help out, you can sew pouches with liners that koalas and kangaroos are put in when rescued. They'll be sending out pouches weekly through February 4. Zoo World's website and Facebook page has patterns to follow if you are unsure of how to sew a pouch. They also said it's important that each pouch have multiple liners included so they can be switched out.

Erika Newell, the Curator of Animal Care at Zoo World, said, "We are directly partnered with the Mogo Zoo, which is in New South Wales, which was very severely hit by those fires, so they reached out directly to us so any monetary means that you donate to us, are going directly to the Mogo Zoo. We will be purchasing items such as veterinary hospital cages, oxygen cages, and IV pumps."

You can go to Zoo World directly to donate money or pouches, located at 9008 Front Beach Road or call them at (850) 230-1243 to donate money over the phone. You can also check out Zoo World's Facebook or website for more information on donating.

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