Please Donate to the Zoo for My Birthday
The San Antonio Zoo has been at the core of my life from a very early age, starting with going there consistently about two or three times a week when I was little. I was obsessed, and the obsession has continued through until this summer when I became part of the San Antonio Zoo’s teen volunteer program. Since I started there in June, I have amassed about 230 volunteer hours and have spent every single free Saturday and Sunday I've had there, at either the giraffe deck helping keep the people and animals safe. Or shadowing the keepers and getting a chance to do such cool things as hold an ibis during a medical operation, hold a baby flamingo that had a broken neck, and get up close to some of the animals I have been admiring from afar my entire life. Not many people realize that in addition to the work they do here with the public and their animal ambassadors, that they have an expansive conservation program. The whooping crane was kept from extinction almost single handedly by the breeding program at the zoo in the 1970s. And the zoo is currently involved in a program to save the Texas Horned Lizard from the same fate. Not to mention work they do in the Amazon with deforestation and helping save the Mexican blindcat fish in the US and Mexico. But recently the San Antonio Zoo has shut down due to the coronavirus, meaning they are not getting any income and only losing money. In addition, my hours of volunteering have been stagnant this spring. :( And because of that, I am asking that this year instead of any presents for my birthday on May 2, will you please donate to this place I hold so dear to my heart.
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