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Reno zoo needs donations

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The Sierra Safari Zoo in Reno is facing a winter of escalating costs without gate income for the five months it is closed. Western Nevada Supply, Inc., of Reno has donated $2,500 to the zoo and challenges other businesses and individuals to make donations to the zoo.

“We’re excited to be leading the challenge for the business community to help Sierra Safari Zoo. I can remember what it was like growing up in Reno and not having the benefits of a zoo and now knowing how much learning goes on there for our kids. How lucky we are to have our very own zoo right here,” said Rick Reviglio, business leader and general manager of Western Nevada Supply, Inc.

Reviglio feels that the zoo is in a tough environment, competing with all the other attractions offered in the area. But, the zoo fills an important role most other cities would love to be able to brag about.

“The Reviglio family is asking all of our vendors and business friends of Western Nevada Supply to have a warm and giving heart right now and follow our lead in helping the zoo get safely and comfortably through the winter. It’s about priorities and we think the zoo is a valuable asset for everyone. The company is the first to make a winter feed drive donation in the amount of $2,500,” Reviglio said.

“Our economy is expanding so we have hopes for growing public support this year. New babies generated increased attendance and interest,” said Dale Mc Daniel, co-founder of Sierra Safari Zoo. “The season gate showed improvement so we were able to do some long overdue and necessary upgrades and maintenance to keep the zoo presentable to the public. Rick knows of our winter hardship and we thank him for putting out the challenge to the community.”

The Sierra Safari Zoo, under the direction of the Sierra Nevada Zoological Society, is a nonprofit organization. When it is closed November through March it operates without any income.

“Now, we appeal to the public and business sectors to help us survive the winter through some heartfelt donation. With nearly 200 animals to feed, we’re faced with feeding costs close to $10,000 a month through the five winter months. We’re so fortunate to have support from folks like the Reviglios,” said Lori Acordagoitia, Sierra Safari Zoo general manager.

Donations may be sent to Sierra Safari Zoo, 10200 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89506. Donations also may be made using a credit card by calling (775) 677-1104. While donations may be 100 percent tax deductible, consult your tax expert for final determination.

More than 200 animals of 40 different species are available for viewing and in many cases for feeding and petting from April through October. Fee-based animal appearances also are available year-around. The zoo is located eight miles north of Reno in the picturesque North Valley area at the base of Peavine Mountain at 10200 North Virginia Street. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April through October. For more information call (775) 677-1101 or visit the Web site at

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