April 16, 2020



Contact: Brittany Balandis | Director of Marketing | bbalandis@pittsburghzoo.org

(Pittsburgh) (April 14, 2020)— The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium was proud to deliver more than 600 bales of homegrown hay from its International Conservation Center (ICC) to help a fellow wildlife conservation partner, the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, OH.

After contacting the Ohio Department of Transportation to alert them to the essential delivery, three ICC staff members made the five hour trip from Pittsburgh to Port Clinton on Saturday, April 11 with two full trucks of hay for the African Safari Wildlife Park’s 400 animals.

“In this critical time, it is a challenge to continue to feed and care for our animal collections in zoos across the country, and maintain our essential employees at our facilities. We work closely with the African Safari Wildlife Park on many conservation efforts and are happy to help feed their animals in this time of need,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. “Even while we are currently facing our own challenges here in Pittsburgh, we are still reaching out to our regional partners to determine how we can help.”

The Pittsburgh Zoo has been producing its own hay at the ICC in Somerset County for its animal residents at the Zoo and at the ICC, and is glad to be able to help support other wildlife facilities in need.

“During these difficult times, it is heartwarming to know that we have friends and partners like the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium,” says Holly Hunt, Owner of the African Safari Wildlife Park. “We are so thankful to them for their generosity and continued support. We have worked with them for many years and this is just another display of kindness from the team at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Our animals and our staff are so grateful, and we hope to pay the generosity forward.”

About the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people. Through 77-acres of state-of-the-art exhibitry, visitors and animals are immersed in an array of naturalistic habitats. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is American Humane Conservation-certified, member of American Humane and the Zoological Association of America. For more information, visit pittsburghzoo.org.

How you can help:

During this time, our dedicated caretakers and veterinarians are continuing to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for our animals on site.

However, as the situation heightens and we remain closed to guests, our needs continue to grow.

Please consider giving to our Emergency Operating Fund to support the care of our 7,000 animal residents. Your support is needed more than ever!