Jerusalem’s Zoo has announced it is raising money to help animals who were injured or displaced in the bushfires that have spread across Australia.
The zoo’s staff said it was “distressed by the horrific fires in Australia and the widespread devastation to its unique wildlife” in a statement on Monday.
“The Zoo is purchasing veterinary medical supplies for the Animal Rescue Collective for use in the East Gippsland region in Victoria,” it said.
Australian authorities have requested burn creams, milk replacers, hydration concentrates, wound sprays, medical equipment, bottles and other items that will be purchased by the Jerusalem Zoo and sent directly to the volunteers on the ground.
The Zoo has a long association with Australia, including a section that houses Australia species including kangaroos, bettongs, tawny frogmouths, a cassowary, blue-tongue lizards and a kookaburra.
It also has more than a dozen flying foxes that were sent to Israel after being injured in Australia.
The AJN understands the campaign and decision to support Australia was initiated by the Zoo’s International Relations Manager Rachael Risby-Raz, who is originally from Melbourne.
Millions of animals have been killed in the bushfires that have been ongoing for several weeks.