The Government has announced that £14 million is being made available for zoos in England to help them through the Covid-19 crisis. The financial support will be given to primarily smaller zoos in the country and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums welcomed the announcement.
Steve Barclay (above), the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said in a statement:
“Zoos don’t just provide a great family day out, but are vital for education, protecting endangered species and conservation work. This fund, on top of the existing package of support we’re offering businesses, will mean that zoos across the country are helped to get through the coronavirus outbreak.”
Dr Madelon Willemsen from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums said:
“BIAZA zoos and aquariums have gone to extraordinary lengths to mitigate and adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak while maintaining excellent care for their animals despite the loss of income. We are pleased to have worked with Defra in shaping this much needed crisis support for zoos and aquariums. We continue to work to ensure those most in need have access to this and other forms of support.”