Zoos and aquariums affected by earthquake and tsunami in Japan
WAZA organizes the “Donate for Japan” emergency assistance operation
Gland, Switzerland (March 15th
2011): After the earthquake and tsunami
that has affected the North of Japan on March 11th, WAZA is joining
forces with its Japanese regional association (JAZA) and its member
institutions to help the zoos and aquariums in the North of Japan.
the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, WAZA is trying to provide
financial support for emergency assistance. The most affected
zoos and aquariums urgently need help in order to protect staff and save
animals", says Gerald Dick, Executive Director of WAZA - the World
Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Huge damages happened in the northern part of Honshu island.
Some affected zoos and aquariums are suffering from shortage of gas, fuel for
heater, food and drinking water for both humans and animals.
Some aquariums in Tohoku area (north part of Honshu Island) have
been heavily affected by the earthquake.
Sendai Marinpia Matsushima aquarium was completely-flooded but
there was miraculously no human damage.
Sendai Yagiyama Zoo estimates a shortage of feeding stuff. The
power is out in Sendai city. JAZA is considering concrete measures to send
feeding stuff to Sendai Yagiyama Zoo.
The power is also out at Akita Omoriyama zoo, Morioka Zoo,
and Hitachi Kamine Zoo.
Fukushima aquarium will move their sea mammals and birds to
Kamogawa Sea World.
"It is most important for us to secure the adequate
means of transport. And we have started a drive to collect donations from the public."
says Kazutoshi Takami, Zoo Veterinarian at Osaka Municipal Tennoji Zoological
WAZA is now organizing the cooperation and
support for the disaster-affected institutions by collecting donations through
its website. Click on the "Donate for
Japan" button on the WAZA homepage and help us support
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