Wildlife Refuge Lilac Fire Relief

$9,740 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 115 people in 9 months
Wild Wonders, Inc. is a wildlife refuge in North San Diego County. On Thursday morning, 7 December 2017, the Lilac Fire in North San Diego County approached our property, which serves as a home to over 120 animal ambassadors. With the help of our committed volunteers, we were able to get every animal crated and transported to safety within two hours, just as the fires reached the backside of the Wild Wonders property.

(Lilac Fire reaches Wild Wonders - Brina de Laune)

We were fortunate enough to get all of our furry, scaly and feathered family members to safety. Still, the next couple months will be a challenge for our refuge. All the money raised through GoFundMe will be used to help alleviate costs brought about by the challenges of the Lilac Fire:

1) Short-Term Food. Most of our animals' diets consist primarily of fresh fruits, vegetables, specialized feed, and meat, all of which will need to be repurchased during and after the evacuation period. A significant expense immediately and for the foreseeable future.

2) Transportation. Volunteers and employees have taken their own time to transport our animals, driving as far as Central California to get our cheetahs to safety.

3) Supplies. We are working to restock the care items we had to leave behind during the evacuation. This includes everything from temporary enclosures to syringes, bedding to vitamins.

4) Other. Since we are not a zoo, nor are we open to the public, other costs to house, feed, and provide veterinary care for our rescues are offset by running educational youth programs. We have had to cancel many scheduled programs, the kind that enable us to provide for these animals.

(Kenai and Miki reach safety - Zeverly Zone)

(Sabha stretches & plays at safe haven - Zevely Zone)

Already, we are so grateful for the people who have come to our aid. We want to express our gratitude to everyone who made the safe evacuation from Wild Wonders possible. This includes our volunteers for driving into the path of danger to crate and transport the animals to safety; Cat Haven and Orange County Zoo for taking in our cheetahs, servals, and Siberian lynx; good friends for providing a safe haven for our special animals; Jeff Zeverly and his broadcasting team for sharing our story and grabbing nonperishable food from the property; and all of the Firefighters and First Responders for risking their lives to keep us and our neighbors safe.
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We are over the moon to be back on our feet and so close to reaching our goal! We have two important messages to give our wonderful supporters:

1) We just want to remind everyone that all month, first responders and firefighters can visit Wild Wonders with their families for FREE as a thank you for saving us and hundreds of others from the Lilac Fire.

2) This Friday at 8pm, we'll be doing a free Science Talk and visit with some of our animals at Wavelength Brewery in Vista. Our gracious hosts will donate a dollar to our recovery fund for every pint sold that night.

We are so close, so keep sharing, liking, and tagging friends, and we'll be sure to reach our goal!
Our family is happy to be home.
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The last of our family has finally moved home!
We would like to thank Project Survival Cat Haven for taking such good care of our precious ones while we evacuated and made repairs.

Please consider donating to Project Survival as well; they do amazing work for global cat conservation projects.

Also check out Part II of our Zevely Zone story: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/13973846/lilac-fire-wildest-story-from-the-fire-has-a-happy-ending#.Wi9HGYeFiiU.facebook
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We are so thankful to have all of our animals home!!!
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New Wild Wonders Update:

We are putting all of the pieces back together after the fire and the last piece is picking up our beautiful cheetahs, We are making major repairs to our cheetah habitat and getting ready to bring our spotted ambassadors home for Christmas!

If you can spare anything, no donation is too small and our animals will be eternally grateful. If you cannot donate or already have generously supported our cause, please share our campaign with your friends, family, co-workers, and others. Thank you all for your support!

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