BENEFITING: Conservators' Center
The Conservators Center is a conservancy for exotic animals in Burlington, North Carolina. This nonprofit organization is home to over 80 animals representing about 20 species—which includes 25 lions, tigers, and leopards. The staff, volunteers, and community surrounding these animals are wholly committed to their care and wellbeing.
In 2014, the Conservators Center fed over 50 tons of chicken to its animals, representing 70% of their diets. However, in 2015, the organization is experiencing an unprecedented threat to its food supply: a highly pathogenic variant of avian influenza, or "bird flu."
This high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain is highly transmissible and almost always fatal to domestic fowl, and while the disease itself does not pose a direct threat to carnivores (a lion cannot “catch” the bird flu in its current variant, though strand evolutions are possible)—the Conservators Center is seeing a sharp decline in its food supply as chicken processing facilities quarantine their operations to prevent the spread of the virus.
This has forced the Conservators Center to invest in costly dietary alternatives for the carnivores who call the Conservators Center home.
Please send all checks to P.O. Box 882, Mebane, NC, 27302. Be sure to write “Bird Flu” in the memo line to make sure your donation is properly allocated.
All money raised to prepare for this threat will be spent training staff, securing safe food supplies, and purchasing equipment to assist in navigating this challenging situation. However, if the Conservators Center is fortunate enough to avoid the worst effects of HPAI in 2015, all remaining funds raised for preparedness efforts will be reallocated to the Center's Animal Care Fund for ongoing animal-care needs (food, animal keepers, routine maintenance to residents’ habitats, and the ongoing development and procurement of items to enrich their lives).
Please give what you can to this critical cause. Just $10 can help the Center's animal residents from the impact of avian influenza in North Carolina.