The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for us all, but for zoos the constant restrictions that they have faced, both in and out of lockdowns, have really taken their toll on their financial situations.
When in lockdown, zoos aren’t allowed to welcome any visitors at all through their gates. Even out of lockdown, they have had to restrict numbers significantly to allow for easier social distancing around the site. This has had a devastating effect on their income and unlike some other businesses that are unable to open, the government are not helping them with grants or loans.
Not only do zoos provide a fantastic tourist attraction, but they do so much conservation work behind the scenes, trying to prevent some of our favourite animals from becoming extinct or critically endangered in the wild. Breeding is at the heart of every single zoo in the UK, trying to increase the numbers of every single species. They do this in hope of eventually releasing some animals back into the wild.
How can you help raise money for your local zoo?
It would be a huge shame if your local zoo had to permanently shut its gates due to not being able to afford to take care of the animals. Running a zoo is an extremely expensive job between feeding the animals, veterinary care, utility bills and paying staff wages.
We have put together a list of ways you can help your local or favourite zoo, even when they’re closed because of lockdown.
- Donations – Zoos are run as charities, so you are always able to give them donations. Make sure that you opt in to the GiftAid option if you are a UK Tax Payer. Here’s some great virtual ideas for raising money for charity.
- Buy an annual membership – Most zoos offer annual membership, which allows you to pay a one-off fee and visit the zoo as many times as you like throughout the year. Some even offer extra membership perks such as money off in their cafes and shops.
- Adopt an animal – Do you have a favourite animal at the zoo? Why not adopt them? This can also make a fantastic gift for someone.
- Buy from their online gift shop – Most zoos will have an online shop on their website where you can buy merchandise, toys, books and much more.
- Share their social media posts – We understand that not everyone is in the position to financially support their local zoo, but sharing their social media content doesn’t cost a penny!