Popular North Staffordshire attraction Peak Wildlife Park has launched a £15,000 donation drive to try and fund after it was forced to close its gates due to the coronavirus crisis.
The Winkhill-based attraction closed on March 22 ahead of the UK lockdown meaning the income it would bring in to help care for the animals all but disappeared overnight.
The park has now launched a fund-raising drive as it looks to cover the essential vet care, food, and bills it needs to care for more than 100 animals.
In her fund-raiser, Tamsin Landelle from Peak Wildlife Park said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has created an extraordinary set of circumstances for small businesses throughout Britain.
“As a wildlife park, our income comes from visitors like you, coming through our doors each day and enjoying the unique experience our little zoo offers.
“The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging we have faced, with the park closing its doors to the public on Sunday, March 22. This decision meant our income disappeared overnight.
“Though our doors are closed, work at the park doesn’t stop. Our amazing team are working hard to feed and care for all of the park’s 100+ animals, but looking after them isn’t cheap.
“The park still has to pay for food, heating, filtration systems, veterinary care and supplements and it is for this reason we need your help. We’re asking for any donations, big or small to help cover these costs, and ensuring that Peak Wildlife Park can continue its mission to conserve endangered species from across the globe.
“Peak Wildlife Park is home to a vast array of animals, including Vietnamese sika deer, a species that are extinct in the wild, critically endangered Visayan warty pigs and a number of endangered lemur species.
“During these challenging times, it’s essential we provide the highest levels of animal care in order to preserve these amazing animals.”
The park says it costs around £30 a day to keep the penguins fed with animals such as the lemurs and the otters needing a different kind of food.
On top of that it has to pay for specialist veterinary costs and the heating bills that help the animals survive.
Donations are being accepted through Crowdfunder here.