El Paso Zoo Donates to Kickstarter Campaign to Save Penguins from Extinction

The El Paso Zoo has donated $500 to the Kickstarter Campaign that helps save penguins from extinction.

The campaign will run for 30 days, and the goal of this Kickstarter is to raise up to $150,000 to fund artificial penguin nests in South Africa. The donation was made through a Kickstarter campaign that was created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The artificial nests are built using special materials that ensure the optimal temperature for penguin egg gestation inside, and hold up to predators on the outside. Special materials make it impossible to fabricate the nests by machine, so each one is made by hand.

“Donating to this cause is a no-brainer for us,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “We know these animals desperately need our help, and it is our job to step forward to help in whatever way we can—big or small. Our conservation committee came together, and it was an easy decision to give to this AZA Kickstarter.”

With only two weeks left for the campaign, the El Paso Zoo encourages the community to donate what they can.