Zoo Receives $30K

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A $30,000 grant awarded to America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College will be used to construct new housing for the zoo’s parrot population, including this colorful macaw. Photo submitted


America’s Teaching Zoo has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Ventura County Community Foundation. The funds will be used for the final phase of construction of the Alumni Aviary. The first two phases provided new housing for birds of prey and half of the zoo’s parrots, respectively. This third phase will provide a new home for the remaining parrots, including macaws and cockatoos — all of whom are surrendered pets.

“Although our current parrot housing is adequate, we are motivated to make changes that will surpass what is considered minimum requirements,” explained Mara Rodriguez, zoo development coordinator, via press release.

She went on to note that the project will allow the parrots to be front and center when it comes to the visitor experience, which in turn gives them well-deserved attention, fostering an appreciation for these species.

“When one animal is served, all animals are served. Modernization brings more exposure, resources, and contributions. This project would directly support the individual needs of our parrots,” said Rodriguez.


This story was originally published in the VC Reporter.

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