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Tampa, Fla. – The Florida Aquarium and Thaddeus Bullard, aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil announce a $51,608 donation to the Australia Zoo to support their efforts to save wildlife affected by the bushfires in Australia.
The Florida Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann and Titus partnered together to raise critical funds this past Saturday, January 11. Net proceeds from every general ticket sold – as well any donation designated through the Aquarium’s online donation site (www.flaquarium.org) on January 11th – are to be donated to Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital and rescue efforts. The Aquarium raised $26,608 in net revenue and donations from Saturday.
Titus, through his Bullard Family Foundation, matched all funds raised by the Aquarium up to $25,000. Australia Zoo was started by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. Terri Irwin and her two children have continued conservation and education efforts after Steve Irwin’s death.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, which has treated more than 90,000 patients since 2004, will use the funds to support its long-term commitment to saving wildlife and wild places and help with current relief efforts, such as building new wards for native patients impacted by the wildfires.
About The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium actively participates in and promotes stewardship of the natural environment as part of our mission of conservation. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The Florida Aquarium provides an opportunity to see over 8,000 aquatic and terrestrial animals, explore complex ecosystems, look for wild dolphins in Tampa Bay, play at the Splash Pad and more! More than a must-see attraction, The Florida Aquarium is working to protect and restore our blue planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim our seas. In August of 2019, The Florida Aquarium, in partnership with Project Coral, became the first to successfully spawn critically endangered pillar coral in a laboratory. To learn more, follow us on social media at @floridaaquarium and visit www.flaquarium.org.
About the Bullard Family Foundation
The Bullard Family Foundation was started in 2018 by Thaddeus Bullard aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil. Its mission is to provide families and children everywhere with moments, programs and resources to help build character and improve outcomes in communities. Additionally, O'Neil is a strong advocate for the Irwin's Wildlife Warrior Foundation and helps raise funds annually through his involvement at the annual Steve Irwin Gala in Beverly Hills, California. The Foundation is headquartered in Tampa, FL. Visit bullardfamilyfoundation.org. On Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/bullardfamilyfoundation/
About Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo - the home of the Crocodile Hunter - is still thriving and offering visitors the same extreme wildlife experience that Steve Irwin founded with Terri in the 1990s. Steve and Terri Irwin's vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world. Visit https://www.australiazoo.com.au/