ZooFriends sent out 100,000 pieces of direct mail to Oklahoma City residents seeking donations. McCrory said donations have come in from a diverse group of zoo fans.
“We had a child who sent us a picture of a lion that he drew with a $5 bill taped inside and he wrote ‘I hope you can build a new hospital for the animals and maybe my allowance can help,'” McCrory said. “We've seen donations from people of all ages and many from kids who just want to do something to help the animals they love seeing. The generosity of people never ceases to amaze me.”
McCrory said the mail campaign was aimed at raising money, but also raising awareness about the zoo and one of its most important facilities.
“I think people are fascinated by the care that we give to our animals,” she said. “So many didn't realize that we had vets on staff at the zoo. When the new hospital is built, we'll be moving it closer to the people who visit so they can see some of the care the animals receive.”