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Heritage Park Zoo raises more than $8K on day 1 of ‘Lew Loves the Zoo’ event

Lew Rees, as a part the fundraising event “Lew Loves The Zoo,” helps clean up the Lama enclosures by cleaning up their droppings. (George Johnston/Courier)

Lew Rees, as a part the fundraising event “Lew Loves The Zoo,” helps clean up the Lama enclosures by cleaning up their droppings. (George Johnston/Courier)

In conjunction with Courier Cares, the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary raised $8,557.13 on day one of its fundraiser “Lew Loves the Zoo” Sunday.

The fundraiser, running every day this week through Thursday, features Lew Reese with Courier Cares who will complete various zoo tasks all week. He reported to work Sunday morning and began getting his hands dirty.

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In conjunction with Courier Cares, the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary raised $8,557.13 on day one of its fundraiser “Lew Loves the Zoo” Sunday. (Courier graphic)

Rees’ first task? Cleaning up the Lama enclosure.

Later, Rees helped the keepers take the donkeys for their walk. He also assisted with the “gator-run,” which is picking up all the trash around the park. Rees conclude his day by aiding the keepers with feeding the animals. “I think it going fantastic,” Rees said. “I wish more people would have the opportunity to do what I am doing right now.”

The zoo has a lot of volunteers, Rees said, and he encourages everybody to sign and take a moment to volunteer at Heritage Park Zoo.

“Everyone I have talk to absolutely loves being here,” Rees said. “There is so much variety of different kinds of animals that we don’t normal see. We are so fortunate to have the zoo we have here in our midst.”

And with more than $8,000 on day one alone, Courier Cares and the nonprofit rescue zoo are off to a good start in accomplishing their goal of $30,000.

WANT TO DONATE?

Donations to the zoo can be made in person or through their website, heritageparkzoo.org. The zoo is located at 1403 Heritage Park Road in Prescott.

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