October 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Assists with Hurricane Relief Efforts in Panama City Beach


(Pittsburgh, PA & Panama City Beach, FL) — In the early morning hours of October 18, a team of four individuals from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium set out on a journey to assist a fellow Zoo in need.

Areas all over Panama City Beach are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Michael, including Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Conservatory.

Zoo World had lost the majority of their parameter fence and nearly 75% of the trees within the park. The Pittsburgh Zoo team made the long journey to help with hay, water, tractors, and chainsaws. Upon arrival, the team immediately began assisting Zoo employees with cleaning up debris, removing fallen trees, repairing fences, and cleaning exhibits.

“Our need here is not only for our human residents but also for the many animals in our care,” said Dwayne Biggs, Project Manager. “The efforts from our other zoo partners are critical in helping us keep our animals and our community safe in this time of crisis.”

Donations to Zoo World Zoological and Botanical Conservatory can be made through their website here: https://zooworldpcb.com/donations/

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