Zoo2U Closure - Coronavirus
Following in the footsteps of many other UK zoos and in light of recent government recommendations, it is with a very heavy heart that the decision has been made to close Zoo2U, as of 5pm 23.03.20. The team and I are hopeful that this will not be a permanent closure.
I have no words that convey just how upsetting this is. Zoo2U was set up in April 2012 and I am so proud of how it has grown over the years. Zoo2U is not just a business, it is my business and has been my entire life’s work since it’s conception. Our mission statement is ‘Interact, Educate, Inspire’ and I strongly believe that this is what we have achieved through the many hundreds of outreach visits we have done. Thank you so much to everyone who has ever booked us and encountered our beautiful animals. With our 9th birthday around the corner we will probably be remembering the day in a more sombre manner than usual.
I just wanted to put your minds at ease that our animals and keepers are all safe and well, and we are keeping up to date and following government guidelines on minimising the risk to each other. We are of course worried that our entire income stream has now gone, as we are primarily an outreach company with a small amount of onsite experiences delivered. We still have over 60 animals to care for and staff to keep paying (zookeepers cannot be furloughed!). However, we will not go down without a fight!
We would encourage you to support us any way you can to ensure to help us get through. We have already been compiling a list of activities that you can get involved in virtually with us, as well as some virtual educational sessions for children. We will still be selling vouchers for our Meerkat, Skunk, Reptile and Zookeeper experiences (with expiry dates being extended initially to 12 months) and if you are looking for an outreach visit of any kind, we will still be taking enquiries. This pandemic will end at some point and we hope with your help it will be all systems go again! Don’t forget that we do also sell merchandise and we are working to get our online shop up to date with current stock for you to buy. Also, brand new for 2020, our adopt an animal package was launched and this is due to go live on our website as soon as possible. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like to know more information about anything I’ve mentioned.
Finally, we understand that this is a worrying time of uncertainty for us all, we are all in this together and we encourage each and every one of you to respect the government’s advice, put it into action and stay safe! You will not only be protecting yourself but also your loved ones. We are an altruistic species, lets show our true colours now and protect each other so we can go on to enjoy a future together in this wonderful world we call home. Melissa x