The zoo operates as a sanctuary for exotic and non-releasable state wildlife.
WINDER, Ga. — Quite a few animals at a Winder zoo had been killed following one particular of their structures caught on fireplace Monday night time.
The Hand Me Down Zoo, a sanctuary for exotic and non-releasable state wildlife closed its doors at 8 p.m. Monday, and by 10 p.m. one of its properties was engulfed in flames.
Kerry Ervin, the zoo’s operator, claimed 52 animals were missing in the hearth, most of them were being reptiles and birds that lived in the setting up.
The fire’s issue of origin was decided to be a mini-break up AC device on the primary stage of the making, in accordance to a fire marshal at the Barrow Fireplace Office.
In a Fb post on Tuesday Ervin shared her appreciation for the Barrow Fire Department for helping help save the animals.
“It was incredibly amazing looking at these fellas finding up porcupines and other a lot less than friendly animals with no problem to their particular person protection,” the publish mentioned.
Though the 1st responders have been quick to arrive at the hearth, it was “as well intensive” and even with their initiatives, many species ended up dropped. Ervin said that fire crews stopped her from coming into the burning setting up.
“I would have missing my everyday living in that developing if they had not stopped me. I would not have assumed 2 times about it. That’s how a lot they indicate to me,” she mentioned.
The Florida indigenous initially opened the zoo in 2015 as a silent sanctuary for authorized animals in Georgia. Her eyesight was to give a location where people could appear and see how animals this kind of as guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles should be taken treatment of.
In 2019, the silent sanctuary commenced having in exotic animals and condition wildlife.
“We obtained licensed as a result of DNR and USDA at that level to be ready to choose in every thing from zebras to kangaroos, deer, raccoons, foxes. So our position now is to facilitate a location for animals to go,” explained Ervin.
The sanctuary is a position where most of these animals thought of unlawful in Ga can keep permanently alternatively of becoming euthanized.
Ervin points out that the zoo’s insurance policy will not include the damages in the developing due to the fact the structure is getting regarded a enterprise.
“We will have to be ready to do this on our own,” she stated.
She is asking the community for time and support as they check out to choose how to system the rebuild method.
“We do have a lot of folks reaching out seeking to support. If we have individuals out there that can donate time, labor, elements that cost or even donate economical indicates, we are a lot more than glad to have that,” explained Ervin. “We do want a little little bit of time to determine it out and make certain that we know what we need to have and when we require it and how we require it.”
Their on-line fundraiser showed that $2,620 has been elevated as of Thursday early morning. The fundraiser’s goal is $75,000.
Before the hearth, the zoo was offered to the community on an appointment-only foundation. Now, Ervin claimed that they hope to open their safari area quickly while they maintain the ruined building closed for the rebuild.
“We do hope to open up up at least the safari place that has not been impacted by the hearth. Unfortunately, our personal face tour in our key creating will probably be shut down for a excellent when,” she claimed.