Posting this is going to be very, very hard. The Little River Zoo here in Norman, OK has officially been shut down. Many have lost their jobs and numerous animals are losing their homes. I have many regrets regarding this issue. I loved the Little River Zoo, yet I never made a single donation until they were in such dire need of help and it was essentially a lost cause. I feel horrible and the wound is only going to be healed with time.
However, there is some very good news I have concerning this situation. The Royal Gauntlet, a performance group and well known falconers that come to the Norman Medieval Faire heard about what was happening. They approached our group and informed us that after the second day of faire they had an appointment to go to the zoo grounds to purchase as many animals as they could. The Arthurian Order of Avalon, the performance group that I am involved with, gathered as many donations as we could and handed the Royal Gauntlet several hundred dollars to aid in purchasing animals and aiding in the transport of these animals. The Royal Gauntlet is a group very close to us and many of us couldn't help but break character and cry as we approached them. This is a very happy time for us, the zoo keepers, and especially these animals.
If you purchased/requested a commission from me during my Little River Zoo Fundraiser, I will still get those to you. However, as you can probably tell, I will not be putting those donations towards the Little River Zoo. Instead, I am going to be making direct donations to the Royal Gauntlet to help them with their falconry birds as well as the newly purchased Little River Zoo animals.
Thank you all for you support and blessed be,