Originally Published: November 30, 2015 6 a.m.
The next time you visit the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary - it is open 365 days of the year - stop by the gift shop and browse the Angel Tree. Decorating the tree are dozens of cards listing items needed either by the Sanctuary or by individual animals, birds and reptiles.
Pick out a card and bring it back with the item to help fulfill the Sanctuary's holiday wishes. Many of the items are needed to help with conservation, rescue, and education efforts are not met due to the enormous cost of providing for the hundreds of animals on the grounds and the hundreds more rescued and triaged over the year, the press release states.
Some items are for supplies such as scoops or rakes for the mother and son alpacas, Jolita and Marshmallow; straw, hay and feed for the mule deer; paper towels for the tortoise; and scour pads for the gila monster.
The birds would love to get some macaw seed - Mandy and Max say thank you - game bird food and emu food (for Ollie and Fran). Mexican wolves, Imado and Catori, want frozen game meat or non-seasoned store bought beef. Jade, the mountain lion, could use a Jeffers Gift card for her special exotic feline diet, and the bearded dragon wants a Home Depot gift card.
A future grizzly bear needs a home and the Sanctuary is requesting donations of any size toward a needed $7,500 construction goal.
All animals at this sanctuary have been rescued from other locations. They include a tiger who was rescued from a facility that closed, a black bear who came to the sanctuary as a cub when a hunter mistakenly shot his mother, a mountain lion who was kept as a pet, and a gray fox who was rescued from a pool. The Sanctuary rescues about 200 animals each year; this number continues to grow.