Fundraiser for Cypress Zoo

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Benefit for Cypress Zoo Wildlife Rehab Center this Saturday

Each year, hundreds of animals are put in jeopardy by people, nature, and other elements. Some animals are able to be rescued and nursed back to health at Wildlife Centers like that at the Cypress Zoo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

This Saturday, Nov. 16, the Louisiana Society of Animal Artists and Friends will be holding a fundraiser to help the zoo and bring awareness to the public.

Carolyn Pitts is one of the individuals that will be involved with making this fundraiser possible.

“The Louisiana Society of Animal Artists will be sponsoring the fundraiser for the zoo,” said Pitts. “Our mission is to express the importance of conserving wildlife. We do this through our art, helping make people more aware of the beauty of nature, focusing on the animal kingdom in its natural habitat. Cypress zoo has all of the above. It offers the chance to see wildlife, walk the beautiful nature trails throughout the area, and much more.”

At the fundraiser, there will be two different events available for the public to take part in. The first is the Youth Fishing Rodeo from 7-10 a.m. The second event will be the Art Festival taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The fishing rodeo is the first event, which is for youth that are 15-years-old or younger,” said Pitts. “The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries will provide some poles that the children will be able to use for the rodeo, but children can also bring their own poles. The youth will be fishing from the bank, as well as the pier. Bass Pro Fisherman, Homer Humphreys and Sid Harvard, will be there sharing some of their special techniques and fishing with the children. The Art Festival event will offer food, demonstrations, multi-media artists, wood carver, flint knapping, children’s hands-on art projects, face painting, silent art auction, Birds of Prey, wool spinning demonstrations, and more events that are added each day.”

T-shirts and prizes will be awarded during the fishing rodeo. And other events such as zoo tours and live Bluegrass music, presented by The Pickers, will also take place during the Art Festival.

Also attending the fundraiser will be representation from the Bossier Sherriff’s Department including the Young Marines, Motorcycle Team, the K-9 team, EMS, Fire Department, and also Mayor Wayne Cathcart.

The fundraiser event is the only event for this year, but the Cypress Zoo is always accepting donations for the care of the animals. They’re always in need of special items and have a list available of these items at the entrance to the zoo or you can contact them at cypresszoo@gmail.com.

“Having this fundraiser offers the community the chance to walk around and see all the animals the zoo has, such as their newly rescued bald eagle,” said Pitts. “It is the only licensed rehabilitation center for animals in the Northwest Louisa area. They accept all injured and orphaned wildlife. Being a non-profit organization we hope, with the help of the public, we can raise enough money to assist with the care of the animals. It is important to properly aide the animals. Many people aren’t even aware that there is a zoo out here. We also hope the fundraiser will make them aware that there is something so great out here, letting them know what is available around them”

Pitts hopes that they will be able to have this fundraiser event start being an annual event that can be held each year, helping to bring support to the Cypress Zoo.

“Our community is so lucky to have the Cypress Zoo out there,” said Pitts. “I hope everyone comes out and enjoys the day and continues to support the zoo because it’s something that is good to have for the future children and education of the community.”

Pitts and the Louisiana Society of Animal Artists and Friends are still in need of vendors and children to come out for fishing as well. If interested contact Carolyn Pitts at carolynpittsart@bellsouth.net