September 21st, is Bonus Day on GlobalGiving and Wildlife Alliance is launching a new campaign to build a Free Flight Aviary at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. The Wildlife Rapid Recue Team (WRRT) frequently rescues birds from the illegal wildlife trade and brings them to Phnom Tamao for care and rehabilitation. In 2015, the WRRT rescued 1,715 birds from wildlife traders, which was over half of all the animals the team rescued that year. Thankfully, some of these birds were healthy enough to be released back into the wild immediately after they were rescued. Many of the birds that are rescued, however, are not well enough for immediate release and are taken to Phnom Tamao for care and rehabilitation. Providing the rescued birds with a Free Flight Aviary will improve their health and wellbeing by allowing them to socialize and exercise. The aviary will be big enough to house many birds and allow them all to walk around and even fly. The new enclosure will allow the birds to exhibit their natural behaviors, which will help prepare them for release back into the wild.
All GlobalGiving donations to help build this aviary on September 21 will be matched at 30%. $30,000 in matching funds will be available beginning at 6:00 AM EDT and another $30,000 in matching funds will be available beginning at 12:00 PM EDT. The gift matching will last until the end of the day or when funds run out, but funds usually run out quickly. GlobalGiving will also award $1,000 to the projects with the highest number of unique donors and the project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day. Don’t forget to mark your calendars to donate to this campaign, or any of Wildlife Alliance’s GlobalGiving campaigns, to maximize your impact.