First off, Happy 4th to all my US friends. :) Second, this quick update on our Zoo.
As previously posted, the Zoo was finally given the approval required by the Board to actually start building. This has given us new hope once again with 2016 being the target year for the move to the new Zoo and of course, the Grand Opening. With that in mind, and knowing how hard it is for our talented authors and artists and everyone else who donates items, to create, find, and try to get their donations to the winners, there won't be an auction until a few months prior to the Grand Opening. This will give folks time to write, create, sew, find, save up, and even finish those brilliant stories your wonderful - and patient - readers have won in past auctions. *looks at self in mirror*
One part of our Annual Benefit that will be maintained is the Animal Adoption. Right now, it's planned for later this summer - and remember, adopting an animal can be done easily and only costs $25 to help the Zoo care for the animal of your choice. Every year, I'm asked why certain animals seen at the Zoo aren't up for adoption. The answer is simple: Only those animals who can't be released into the wild, and thus will spend the rest of their lives at our Zoo, are in need of adopting.
And finally, a senfen and great fan of both the Zoo and TS writers shared a great idea that allows you to 'give' to our Zoo all year long; namely a site called Goodsearch. I heartily encourage those of you who shop online to click on the link and join. "Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo" is already one of the charities, as you'll discover when you type in the Zoo's name. Just remember not to type in Moonridge!! *G* It's the Big Bear Alpine Zoo now, remember! Once you've done that, you've joined, so simply go through the site to reach your shopping webpages like Amazon, Overstock.com, etc.. This will allow all of your purchases to count toward money for the Zoo. Kind of like eBates. :)
Oh, and you might pass your thanks along to magician113 who told me about this nifty way of helping our Zoo throughout the year!
Stay tuned to this page and/or gmfor_moonridge for more information on the upcoming Adoptions for this summer. and any and all other Zoo news!