Wed. Apr 8th, 2020

Central Florida Zoo

Animal care continues even as the Central Florida Zoo remains closed

The Central Florida Zoo is closed, but the animal care doesn’t stop just because there are no visitors. Like many places, the Central Florida Zoo was forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.A majority of their budget comes from ticket sales. The animals not only need attention, they still need food, their enclosures need to be cleaned and they need vet care. Those are all things that cost money which makes it hard while no tickets are being sold and key fundraisers have been postponed.“We’re still paying the animal staff and the essential personnel to come in and do the job, so no money coming in, money still going out,” Dino Ferri with the Central Florida Zoo said.The zoo has already cut salaries and had lay offs. The threat of the virus happened at the worst possible moments for the zoo.Spring break is one of their busiest weeks.Animal care workers are sprucing up enclosures and getting as much maintenance work done as possible.The zoo put out a call for donations to get them through and said the response has been good.

SANFORD, Fla. —

The Central Florida Zoo is closed, but the animal care doesn’t stop just because there are no visitors.

Like many places, the Central Florida Zoo was forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A majority of their budget comes from ticket sales.

The animals not only need attention, they still need food, their enclosures need to be cleaned and they need vet care.

Those are all things that cost money which makes it hard while no tickets are being sold and key fundraisers have been postponed.

“We’re still paying the animal staff and the essential personnel to come in and do the job, so no money coming in, money still going out,” Dino Ferri with the Central Florida Zoo said.

The zoo has already cut salaries and had lay offs. The threat of the virus happened at the worst possible moments for the zoo.

Spring break is one of their busiest weeks.

Animal care workers are sprucing up enclosures and getting as much maintenance work done as possible.

The zoo put out a call for donations to get them through and said the response has been good.

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