While visitors have been returning to some zoos following the government’s green light to re-open on 15 June, some have expressed concern for their future viability. Temporary closure during lockdown has left a hole in their finances, prompting concern for the fate of their animals.
Zoos must now comply with recommended precautions to guard against the spread of Covid-19, such as enforcing social distancing (as seen above at London Zoo).
But the social distancing measures mean that they can accommodate only a fraction of their normal numbers of visitors.
Conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which runs London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, has launched a new fundraising campaign supported by David Attenborough. It is aiming to raise £12million – enough to cover the feed and care of its animals for one year, giving it financial ‘breathing space’.