POWELL, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has designated $10,000 to be donated to an emergency wildlife fund in Australia to help animals impacted by the devastating bush fires throughout the country.

In a statement from Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf, the $10,000 to date will be coming from the zoo’s emergency grants fund and will be donated to Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund.

“Our hearts go out to the people and wildlife of Australia, and we continue to follow the situation closely while remaining in regular communication with our Australian colleagues and wildlife conservation partners,” Stalf said.

The zoo also says a broader, collective effort among facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is underway to support Zoos Victoria, which is zoo-based conservation organization, according to its website.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the Columbus Zoo’s conservation fund to specifically help Australian wildlife affected by the fires can click here.

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