A koalas that San Diego Zoo Global returned to its home in the Blue Mountains of Australia after being rescued from approaching bushfires in January. Photo courtesy of San Diego Zoo Global.

San Diego Zoo Global is reaching out to its members, fans, and donors for help as the nonprofit conservation organization announced a critical needs campaign to secure vital support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“San Diego Zoo Global takes its role as a leader in the larger San Diego community seriously, and we have put the interests of the wildlife in our care, our incredible and dedicated staff, and the responsibility to maintain our world-famous parks at the forefront of our approach during this unprecedented time in history,” said Paul A. Baribault, president and CEO. “Funds from the campaign will offer hope and reassurance, not only for wildlife at the Zoo and Safari Park, but for countless endangered species around the globe.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park will remain closed to the public until further notice, following the most recent advice of health experts and government officials. Despite the extended closure, San Diego Zoo Global officials have said that essential staff will remain on grounds every day — ensuring that round-the-clock care continues for the thousands of animals and millions of plants at both facilities.

Donations made during the critical needs campaign will go to offset ongoing operational costs and will be allocated to the areas of greatest need—more acutely, the care of animals and plants at the zoo and the Safari Park.

“Endangered wildlife will continue to disappear at accelerated rates if we do not remain steadfast in fulfilling our mission,” Baribault said. “The urgent nature of our work — even in the face of this pandemic—remains unchanged.”

For more information, and to find out how to make a donation, visit SanDiegoZoo.org/donate or SDZSafariPark.org/donate. Those wishing to help via traditional mail can send a donation of any amount to San Diego Zoo Global, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112.