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Zoo Fire: 50+ animals killed; donations sought as recovery continues

Overnight, officials with the Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue released a Facebook tribute video featuring the over 50 animals that died in Monday’s devastating fire at the beloved non-profit. We have posted a link to the heartbreaking video on the WYSH Facebook page. Among the dead include all of the facility’s reptiles, 18 birds, four foxes, a total of six macaques and marmosets, an African serval and a host of others.

The surviving animals are being cared for in temporary shelters made up of tents and donated fencing.

The community’s response to the zoo’s plight has been nothing short of overwhelming, but as Little Ponderosa owner James Cox said in a Facebook post issued Wednesday, they have now reached the point where they are reciving almost too many goods. Saying that the zoo is good on dog food and meat, for example, Cox says that the single best way to help is to make a monetary donation at www.littleponderosazoo.com, or by stopping by the Anderson Farmers’ Co-Op, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply Company or similar stores and purchase gift cards. Cox says that way, they don’t receive items they may not be able to use, rather, they will be able to purchase the specific items they need, exactly when they are needed.

On the zoo website, they have also posted a list of items they still need as soon as possible:

Donations needed:

Pet taxis
Pet water bottles
Cat & dog food
Rabbit food
Monkey Biscuits
Food pans/bowls
Office supplies
Bird cages
Small animal cages

Garbage bags
Garbage Cans
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Halters and lead ropes
Coolers for food storage
Work benches
Food crates
Dish Soap
Shovels, rakes, and hand tools
A deep freeze/refrigerator
Heat Lamps

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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