Government offers financial lifeline to zoos and aquariums

16 May 2020

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By Kathryn Clark

Licensed zoos and aquariums in England whose income has been severely affected by the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have been offered a financial lifeline by the government.

A £14 million support fund, which was announced on 4 May by the animal welfare minister Lord Goldsmith, is designed to help those that need additional support to maintain the welfare of their animals.

Zoos will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000

Individual establishments in England covered by the Zoo Licensing Act will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000 to cover costs such as keepers’ wages, animal feed and bedding, and veterinary care and medicines. If an application is approved, payments will be made over a maximum of three months.

However, Defra warned that the fund is aimed at supporting smaller zoos at immediate risk and at protecting animal welfare, and...