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:
Pet water bottles
Cat & dog food
Small animal cages
Halters and lead ropes
Coolers for food storage
Shovels, rakes, and hand tools
A deep freeze/refrigerator