African Safari Wildlife Park celebrates Earth Day with donation

Press Staff Writer

        African Safari Wildlife Park celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by making a $2,000 contribution to 10 organizations dedicated to conserving wildlife and the environment.
        The following organizations, which were selected by park employees, will receive $200 each:
        • Back to the Wild, Castalia, Ohio – dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and release.
        • The Bee Conservancy, New York, New York – dedicated to protecting bees around the world.
        • Black Swamp Conservancy, Pemberville – dedicated to preserving natural habitats and family farms in Northwest Ohio.
        • Central Coast Bats, Paso Robles, California – dedicated to conserving bats along the central California coast through research and community outreach.
        • Gibbon Conservation Center, Santa Clarita, California – dedicated to conserving, studying and caring for gibbons.
        • Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Orlando, Florida – dedicated to protecting giraffes throughout Africa.
        • Lake Erie Foundation, Lakeside – dedicated to sustaining and protecting the waters of Lake Erie.
        • Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Mawingu Mountain Bongo Sanctuary, Nanyuki, Kenya – dedicated to reintroducing the critically endangered mountain bongo to the wild.
        • North American Invasive Species Management Association, Monona, Wisconsin – dedicated to implementing management programs that prevent the detrimental environmental impacts of nonnative species.
        • WildAid, San Francisco, California – dedicated to combatting the illegal wildlife trade.
        The contributions came from Guardian of Wildlife, the Park’s 501(c)(3) organization that exists to promote and support wildlife conservation and has donated more than $26,000 to nonprofit organizations around the world since 2016. Donations to Guardians of Wildlife can be made at
        “The park has a long history of supporting conservation projects locally and globally, but these contributions are especially meaningful to us because they were selected by our team members and represent causes near and dear to our hearts,” said Kelsey Keller, the park’s director. “We invite our community to join us in celebrating Earth Day by donating to one of these wonderful organizations!”


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