Dublin Zoo has announced the launch of the ‘Save Dublin Zoo’ fundraising campaign. They are appealing to the Irish public for help, as financial losses caused by ongoing Covid-19 restrictions continue to increase.
Animal care alone in Dublin Zoo costs €500,000 each month to feed, house, and provide the highest level of care for the animals, but without regular income from visitors since March, Dublin Zoo is struggling to cover its substantial running costs.
Dublin Zoo is a not-for-profit organisation that does not receive statutory funding. Revenue streams include gate receipts and onsite sales but have evaporated because of Covid-19 and to date Dublin Zoo has lost €8.2m in potential revenue.
As emergency cash begins to run out, Dublin Zoo has launched a campaign to raise vital funds to cover the cost of animal care. Donations can be made at www.DublinZoo.ie
Director of Dublin Zoo, Dr Christoph Schwitzer says:
“Without financial support, we are facing an uncertain future and may have to close.
At this time of year, we are usually in the middle of Wild Lights and making preparations for the busy Christmas period, but instead we find ourselves fighting for our future and calling on the people of Ireland to answer our call and donate if possible.
We are so grateful for the messages of support from our devoted visitors and annual pass holders who have shown an outpouring of love and compassion from the start. We are now asking those who are able to help us, to give what they can and help raise awareness for the Save Dublin Zoo campaign”.