We are big supporters of Chester Zoo here at Pawfect Tales magazine. Seeing the news yesterday that they are really struggling financially through the current coronavirus pandemic really upset us and we thought we would put together a little news piece to help raise awareness of the struggles they are currently going through.

Over the past couple of months, the zoo has been working hard to make sure it is ‘covid secure’ when reopened. They had revealed plans to begin opening with extremely restricted numbers of visitors, keeping indoor habitats closed and ensuring hand washing facilities were readily available. Social distancing would be very easy to carry out as there is so much outside open areas for people to spread out in.

In their statement yesterday, the zoo revealed that, unfortunately, the government are not allowing re-opening to go ahead, despite all the measures that would be in place. Visitors make up around 97% of the zoo’s annual income – being closed is having a disastrous effect on Chester Zoo’s finances.

Read the zoo’s full statement here.

How can you help keep the zoo running through these difficult times?

Quite frankly, running a zoo, even when closed, does not come cheap. Paying staff wages, feeding animals, vetinary care, insurance and utility bills all add up each day and with no visitors coming to the zoo, this has landed Chester Zoo with a huge lump of debt. In fact, they estimate that by the end of 2020, they will have a debt in excess of £24m.

We need to do what we can to help keep this zoo thriving during, and after this coronavirus crisis. Here’s a list of some easy ways that you can help support the zoo:

  • Sign this petition to make the government reconsider their decision to allow zoos to re-open safely and in a covid-secure manner.
  • Donate to the Save Our Zoo campaign here. To keep the zoo operating, they need to raise £1.6m per month. Please donate what you can.
  • Buy an annual membership for yourself or as a gift – you can even select your start date for the future so you’re not missing out on valuable trips to the zoo.
  • Adopt an animal – this makes a perfect and very special gift for someone.
Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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