Dublin Zoo celebrated on November 19, 2020 that it had raised more than one million euros in donations in less than 12 hours, after launching an aid campaign on Wednesday 18th in which it warned that the pandemic could lead to its final closure.
“Your kind messages and your generous donations really moved the whole team,” wrote this Thursday November 19 on its social networks ‘Dublin Zoo’, an institution in the Irish capital since its opening in 1830.
Although it is now temporarily closed due to the second six-week lockdown decreed on October 21, officials continue to face the costs of keeping and feeding the animals, which amount to 500,000 euros per month (593 305 USD).
❤ Save the Dublin Zoo ❤
We Turtley can’t believe it – we just hit 1.5 million euros!
Thank you all very much for your kind donations, animal adoptions and for purchasing our limited edition #SaveDublinZoo hoodie – more than we could have expected. pic.twitter.com/c46imZlEEr
– Dublin Zoo (@DublinZoo) November 19, 2020
“We are in dire financial straits due to covid-19 and have launched the Save Dublin Zoo campaign to raise the funds we need to take care of the animals,” said director Christoph Schwitzer in a statement.
He also recalled that, in recent months, they have used their “emergency savings” to “stay open, when they left us”, but “even then the capacity restrictions due to social distancing” made ” impossible for us to generate enough income to cover expenses “.
Dublin Zoo, which does not receive state aid, activated the donation site on Wednesday, November 18 at 8:30 a.m. and within 12 hours it already had one and a half million euros ($ 1,186,943) on his account. .
Speaking to public broadcaster RTE, Schwitzer was “extremely grateful” for the audience’s response, but insisted that “under normal circumstances” the cost of the overall management of this business is $ 1 million. euros per month. .
The Irish government, a coalition of centrists, Christian Democrats and Greens, has said it is confident the zoo will not have to close permanently and has pledged to do everything possible to save it.
Heritage Secretary Malcolm Noonan told the Lower House today that his department would be able to offer “short-term financial assistance” to Dublin Zoo and Fota Nature Park in Cork ( south of Ireland), which is also home to animals.
“The avalanche of public goodwill in the form of donations is a testament to the high esteem these places hold in our public consciousness. The loss of Dublin Zoo or Fota is unthinkable,” Noonan said.