BRAIDWOOD, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: A young orphaned kangaroo licks her caregiver while a vet checks her broken heal bone at the Southern Cross Wildlife Care hospital on February 1, 2020 near Braidwood, Australia. The "joey" named Patty was rescued from her mother's pouch after they were hit by a car. In many areas affected by wildfires, surviving wildlife are now grazing closer to roads due to the widespread habitat destruction. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

“Zoo New England is dedicated to saving animals in the wild and will continue to support the Australian community and wildlife affected by this disaster.”  Read on to find out how you can attend or make a donation to help!

The “All for Australia” fundraiser is taking place at Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion on Thursday, February 13th from 6-8pm. According to the Franklin Park Zoo, “All event proceeds will benefit Zoos Victoria’s Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund, which is supporting the critical care and long-term recovery of Australian wildlife. Tickets are $30 and include hors d’oeuvres, animal encounters, and musical performances by The Bag Family Band.”

I didn’t know this but, “Franklin Park Zoo is home to a number of animals native to Australia including red kangaroo, emu, Gouldian finch, black swan, tawny frogmouth, laughing kookaburra, Australian walking stick, blue-tongued skink, sulphur crested cockatoo, budgerigar, palm cockatoo, and more.”

If this sounds like something you’d love to support but can’t attend the event, you can make a donation here.  Just be sure to indicate that the donation is for Australia Day in the “Special Notes” box.  I hope they raise a lot of money!