Maybe the Advocate can get a list of materials the zoo needs to rebuild the exhibit so people can see if any of these Items could be obtained through donations or re-using good condition reclaimed items such as plate glass or chain link fencing or other kinds of materials. Most local contractors during jobs remove items that could be re-used but normally end up in the landfill due to a lack of storage space or not knowing what to do with these perfectly good items.
So maybe a reporter could get together with the zoo and post a list of things that are needed to rebuild and see if any of these things could be found at little or no cost to the zoo.
I totally agree with supporting our local non-profit zoo, but it had been previously determined by zoo personnel (after the exhibit was established), that this tree was compromised and at risk of collapsing. It's their fault that they did not do something about it before it failed and caused damage. I visited the zoo this weekend, and it was a sad sight to see, but you can't feel too sorry for them when they had the information in their back pockets and failed to act on it.