It's been kind of a rough year for the AZA community, disaster-wise. There have been hurricanes, early heavy snowfall, and America's deadliest mass-shooting to date, located in the same building as an aquarium. Through it all, our animals and staff have remained safe. Let's hope that trend continues as we face our latest challenge.
The fires that are raging across California have now begun to menace the Santa Barbara Zoo. After a period of careful watching-and-waiting, the zoo has begun some evacuations. Critically endangered animals have been moved to other facilities (namely Los Angeles Zoo). The Fresno Chaffee Zoo has offered to care for a baby giant anteater zoo staff have been handraising. Other animals are being distributed to nearby care centers. Now, it's just a question of seeing what happens next.
The California wildfires have already done a tremendous amount of damage this year. I hope that Santa Barbara Zoo isn't added to that damage.