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Aquariums and Zoos Impacted by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 10:20 am by
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The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has put our a press release urging people around the world to “Donate for Japan”. In a joined effort with its Japanese regional associate (JAZA), WAZA highlights the need to help the aquariums and zoos in northern Japan.

“After the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, WAZA is trying to provide financial support for emergency assistance. The most affected zoos and aquariums urgently need help in order to protect staff and save animals”, said Executive Director of WAZA, Gerald Dick

With substantial damage to the northern part of Honshu island, several aquariums and zoos are short on gas, fuel, food and drinking water to both staff and facility inhabitants. The Sendai Maripia Matsushima aquarium was completely flooded, although luckily, there has been no human fatalities. The power is out at the Sendai Yagiyama Zoo, Akita Omoriyama Zoo, Morioka Zoo, Asamushi Aquarium and Hitachi Kamine Zoo. Sea mammals and birds from the Fukushima Aquarium will be moved to the Kamogawa Sea World.

If you are interested in offering your support, please click here to Donate for Japan.

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