Hurricane Richard Hits TBZ Hard! Plea for Help!

From Sharon . . .

"This has been the saddest time in all my memory of being in Belize. The attached photos indicate the severity of Hurricane Richard's stop in at the zoo. Please, if TBZ has brought about a bit of joy, hope, and inspiration to your life, please consider making a contribution to our renovation efforts. This can be easily done via our web site, on the front page is a link, under guard by a puma, which allows easy contributions via credit card. Any amount of help is more than appreciated. Zoo is closed, cash flow non-existent, we are suffering."

Please make a donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund online via credit card at:


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Anonymous said...

This comment is from friends of the Belize Zoo: On October 24th, 2010 the BELIZE ZOO SUSTAINED A DIRECT HIT FROM HURRICANE RICHARD. Sharon Matola, the director of the Belize Zoo reports "Hurricane Richard did a number on the Zoo. We are closed for repairs and renovations and probably will not be able to re-open until December. Thankfully, none of the animals were injured or escaped, but our facility has been hit hard."

There is an URGENT NEED FOR DONATIONS to help the Zoo get back on its feet. Each year the Zoo struggles to balance its budget with the food for the animals and staff salaries literally depending on gate receipts. But right now, the added expense of repairs, combined with the closing of the Zoo, puts the financial future of the Belize Zoo in jeopardy.

Please help by donating money for lumber, steel pipes, metal fencing, cement, roof materials, wire, nails, paint, replanting, and labor. If you take a minute to look at the photos taken by the staff a couple of days after the storm, it will be clear there is a tremendous amount of work and resources needed. Any amount will help. Go to WWW.BELIZEZOO.ORG AND CLICK ON THE PUMA (HURRICANE RELIEF FUNDS).