The zoo operates as a sanctuary for exotic and non-releasable condition wildlife.
WINDER, Ga. — Quite a few animals at a Winder zoo ended up killed immediately after one particular of their structures caught on hearth Monday evening.
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 particular of its buildings was engulfed in flames.
Kerry Ervin, the zoo’s proprietor, reported 52 animals had been shed in the hearth, most of them had been reptiles and birds that lived in the developing.
The fire’s place of origin was decided to be a mini-break up AC device on the principal level of the developing, in accordance to a hearth marshal at the Barrow Hearth Division.
In a Fb post on Tuesday Ervin shared her appreciation for the Barrow Fire Section for assisting conserve the animals.
“It was quite remarkable observing these men finding up porcupines and other much less than friendly animals with no problem to their person safety,” the post reported.
While the first responders ended up quick to get there at the fireplace, it was “much too intense” and in spite of their endeavours, many species were being misplaced. Ervin reported that hearth crews stopped her from coming into the burning setting up.
“I would have dropped my daily life in that constructing if they experienced not stopped me. I would not have imagined twice about it. That is how substantially they indicate to me,” she said.
The Florida indigenous initially opened the zoo in 2015 as a silent sanctuary for lawful pets in Georgia. Her vision was to present a spot where by men and women could arrive and see how animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles ought to be taken care of.
In 2019, the silent sanctuary commenced using in exotic animals and condition wildlife.
“We acquired licensed by means of DNR and USDA at that stage to be capable to just take in almost everything from zebras to kangaroos, deer, raccoons, foxes. So our position now is to aid a location for animals to go,” said Ervin.
The sanctuary is a spot the place most of these animals regarded as unlawful in Georgia can keep completely as an alternative of getting euthanized.
Ervin points out that the zoo’s insurance will not cover the damages in the setting up because the structure is becoming deemed a business.
“We will have to be able to do this on our own,” she said.
She is inquiring the public for time and aid as they try out to decide how to system the rebuild course of action.
“We do have a ton of individuals reaching out seeking to assist. If we have people today out there that can donate time, labor, materials that price tag or even donate economic signifies, we are more than glad to have that,” reported Ervin. “We do will need a tiny bit of time to determine it out and make certain that we know what we need and when we want it and how we have to have it.”
Their on line fundraiser showed that $2,620 has been elevated as of Thursday morning. The fundraiser’s aim is $75,000.
Before the fire, the zoo was obtainable to the public on an appointment-only basis. Now, Ervin claimed that they hope to open their safari location quickly though they preserve the destroyed building closed for the rebuild.
“We do hope to open up up at least the safari region that has not been affected by the hearth. Regrettably, our personal experience tour in our major creating will probably be shut down for a very good though,” she reported.