Saturday 5 December, 2020

Coronavirus: Hope Zoo appeals for help!

Noting that its finances have been strained due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hope Zoo in St Andrew is appealing to the public for donations, which it said will help with funds needed to feed the more than 1,000 animals housed at the facility and treat rescued native wildlife currently being rehabilitated there.

The Hope Zoo Preservation Foundation noted in a release that the facility has been closed to the public for some two months due to the COVID-19 outbreak and, as a result, its finances have been depleted.

"As a non-profit organisation, we depend heavily on revenue from guest admission passes, events, and tours to meet our daily financial needs to feed our animals and rehabilitate rescued native wildlife.  Despite being closed for nearly two months now, our amazing zookeepers and staff have continued to work everyday to feed our animals and ensure they are receiving the same excellent care they always have. However, this has put immense strain on our emergency funds to keep the zoo running.

"With the help of your generous donations, you can provide us with funds needed to feed our animals and to treat/medicate rescued native wildlife currently being rehabilitated at our facility. We understand this is an incredibly tough time for everyone worldwide. any will be incredibly helpful and we’ll be forever grateful," stated the release. 

According to the foundation, the donations will directly support the following:

- Feed and vet care for zoo animals
It would help in providing support for the foundation's collection of over 1,000 animals, including 400 birds (56 species), 75 mammals (including lions, zebras, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, etc.), and over 525 reptiles (25 species). 

- Wildlife rescue and rehab
Besides its zoo collection, the facility acts as a wildlife sanctuary here in Jamaica, collaborating with the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA) to rescue native species (Jamaican owls, barn owls, yellowbill parrots, American crocodiles, etc). Many of these animals are injured or orphaned and remain in the Hope Zoo's care for some time before being released back into the wild, while others with permanent injuries are given a new permanent home at the facility.

- Headstart programme for the Critically Endangered Jamaican Iguana

The Hope Zoo is home to the headstart programme for the Critically Endangered Jamaican iguana — housing over 300 juvenile iguanas which have been collected from the wild and raised at the zoo for four to six years before being reintroduced back into the wild. Since the Jamaican iguana was rediscovered from extinction in 1990, the Hope Zoo has been one of the essential components ensuring the survival and recovery of this severely threatened species.

Here is the link to make your donation:  If you would like to donate Supermarket, Meat Shop, Wholesale  and  Farm  Fruits, Vegetables and meat, the zoo said it can do pickups. You can contact the the zoo at 876-927-1085 or 876-414-3857.


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