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The survival of species is more vulnerable than ever. Can you help us to create a brighter future for them and for our bottle-fed giraffe calf?

Nothing fills us with more joy than witnessing the birth of an animal. So imagine our delight when the most perfect giraffe calf, the 51st born at Monarto Safari Park, arrived on 7th May.

She was leggy, lanky and yes, a little wobbly as she took her first steps*.

I don’t mind telling you, we had tears in our eyes as we watched her stagger to her hooves, start to receive licks and become friends with the herd. However, a problem arose later that day; things between mum Korongo and the calf weren’t going well. For reasons we still can’t fathom, mum wasn’t interested in feeding her calf and with time against us, the keeping team decided to step in. We had to save this precious calf.

Ensuring this calf received colostrum and vital nutrients that newborns need was and still is a round-the-clock job for the Zoos SA team. Today, at just over one month old, the calf receives milk at least four times a day with a dedicated keeper ensuring she is well. Milk, overtime and ongoing costs for this calf are just some of the many hand-rearing expenses that we take on. A tax deductible End of Financial Year donation of $40 would be enough to feed this calf for one day. Could you support our work with a one-off payment of $40 or more?

In a way, this little giraffe calf and her struggles epitomise our own…

As a conservation charity, we’ve struggled through the hardships of COVID-19 and had a few wobbly moments too! We’ve fought on through two closures, reduced visitor numbers, restrictions regarding our animal experiences and behind-the-scenes tours– all of which have negatively affected our revenue. Just like the calf, without the support from people like you, we couldn’t carry on saving animals from extinction.  


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In March 2020, in the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its Red List of Threatened Species – and the news didn’t make for great reading.

The updated list now covers over 120,000 species worldwide and, of them, 32,441 are threatened with extinction – that’s one in four of all assessed species across our planet. At Zoos South Australia, this is a truth we know all too well – 61 species that call Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park home are threatened with extinction. A donation of $30, $50 or a very generous $75 would help fund our many conservation projects here and around the globe.

As keepers begin to share the little giraffe calf’s story it also gives them the opportunity to talk about her cousins in the wild and their Silent Extinction. Did you know that giraffes are now classified as vulnerable by the IUCN with less than 100,000 estimated to remain in the wild?

Just like the little giraffe, other newborns have given us reason to celebrate while also emphasising the ever greater need of our work. Over the last year, we welcomed the arrival of six critically endangered African Painted Dog puppies, twin Spotted Hyena pups, one threatened Southern White Rhino calf, a vulnerable Quokka joey, endangered Golden Lion Tamarin triplets and critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrots as well as many more. With each birth comes hope for a brighter future.

We appreciate that you will no doubt have endured your own hardships during COVID-19 and that any donation you can make at this time is a bigger ask than ever. That’s why we promise that any money you donate (and please remember that it is tax deductible) will make a big difference to our conservation work.

We are always transparent with where we spend donations and provide regular updates through our website and social pages. If you haven’t already, we also encourage you to sign up for our eNews to receive regular news regarding Zoos SA.

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All donations made over $2 are tax deductible. 
As a conservation charity, we rely heavily on our supporters to help us continue our valuable breeding and conservation programs. When you donate to Zoos SA, you’re helping to care for the wonderful animals in our zoos and support our conservation projects in the wild. We love being able to help save incredible species like the mainland Tammar Wallaby and the Goodfellow’s Tree Kangaroo.

Where does your money go?

Every dollar you contribute makes a big difference in helping to save species from extinction and connect people with nature. To learn more about us visit the annual reports section of our website.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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