For many of our clientele, face-to-face learning is not a luxury.
It’s a necessity.
Disabilities, learning differences, lack of internet, no one home to help –
All of these put these high-risk clients another year behind their peers.
Some struggle, some just give up.
Many people lost jobs and the ability to care for their pets.
Other reptiles were abandoned or thrown away like garbage.
Rescue numbers tripled during the pandemic – so did expensive medical needs.
Many animals have come in with major medical challenges.
At the same time, food costs continue to increase day after day.
Electricity needs have soared to $5,000 a month to meet the special lighting
and heat requirements of 300+ animals
No donation is too small – every donation is greatly needed and appreciated.
Here at EcoVivarium, our animals are extraordinary, both in general demeanor and care needs. Unlike traditional zoos and museums, we do not purchase our animals from breeders that understand these animals’ complex needs and offer only strong, healthy offspring. In fact, we do not purchase any of our reptiles or amphibians, and only rarely do we buy arthropods. The Ambassador Animals at EcoVivarium are 98% rescued and 2% donated. Our animals range from stick bugs to a giant Galapagos Tortoise! We are the largest rescue of our kind in California and one of the largest rescues for these unique creatures in the United States. We partner with multiple agencies and municipalities in California, offering the only refuge for many of these unique creatures.
We are now home to approximately 300 animals (not counting multiples of certain species). Unfortunately, the influx does not appear to be slowing down! Thanksgiving week alone, we took in seven more animals. Providing housing, medical care, food, and supplies for all the new animals, plus routine updates on equipment and supplies for the existing Ambassadors and sanctuary animals (and their ongoing food needs), is a costly proposition. The need for education programs has increased dramatically as many children fell far behind in their studies while schools were shut down. Many of our clientele did not have access to reliable internet services and the children that needed extra support in the classrooms under normal conditions, fell even further behind their peers.
Your support can literally mean the difference between life and death for these amazing animals