Chester Zoo has raised over £1.6 million in less than 48 hours after launching a public appeal to help save the park whilst ordered to close “indefinitely” amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The UK’s biggest charity zoo launched the #SaveOurZoo appeal on Wednesday stating that it has “tried to stay positive during this pandemic” and really wanted to “be a beacon of hope”, but the crisis and uncertainty has unfortunately left it fighting for its future.
The zoo needed to raise £1.6 million per month to get buy.
Debts of £24 million are forecast the end of the year after more than three months of low income and no visitors. 700 jobs also currently hang in the balance, with Chief Operating Officer Jamie Christon admitting it was “highly likely” that redundancy processes would be initiated in the coming weeks.
With fundraising totals now surpassing the £1.6 million mark in less than 48 hours since the appeal launched, Mr Christon said the zoo was “overwhelmed” by the support that’s come in so far.
“Long may it continue,” he told BBC Breakfast.
If you’re able to make a contribution to help save one the North West’s most beloved attractions, then you can donate via the official Chester Zoo JustGiving page here.
You can also text OURZOO to 70085 to donate £5.