Chestershire: In a noble gesture Supermarket giant Iceland has adopted all of Chester Zoo’s Humboldt penguins in an attempt to support the attraction which is going through turmoil in recent times due to COVID-19. Chester Zoo, which is the largest charity zoo, has floated in a campaign #saveourzoo after they were asked to remain closed for an indefinite duration while the country fights the deadly virus.
The zoo which was opened by George Mottershead and his family in 1931 is upon a land of approximately 400 acres and is a home to more than 35,000 endangered animals belonging to over 500 species. In addition, they also hold 265 threatened plant species. At the end of 2015, the Chester Zoo became the first zoo to breed Tuatara outside of New Zealand.
We’ve joined the fight to save @chesterzoo and have adopted the entire rookery of penguins ?— Richard Walker (@icelandrichard) June 5, 2020
I am asking the government to allow zoos to open with strict social distancing guidance in place.
See how you can help or adopt an animal: https://t.co/9JhMQXluzo pic.twitter.com/NAU86YqAAQ
“We’ve joined the fight to save @chesterzoo and have adopted the penguins. The zoo has over 35,000 threatened and critically endangered animals but may have to close its doors for good due to COVID-19 law,” Iceland supermarket tweeted. “Your support has been incredible. Every kind donation, every word of support. It really did make a HUGE difference. The fight isn’t over for us just yet. But, for now, we wanted to celebrate this huge moment of relief with you,” Chester Zoo said in a thanksgiving tweet.
The zoo desperately reached out to public on June 3 on social media platforms asking for support. The authorities mentioned that they are heading towards debt in excess of 24M pounds by the end of 2020 and need to raise 1.6M pounds per month to keep getting on.
“Not being able to open, despite being a huge outdoor site with the necessary safety measures in place, is having a devastating impact on us. We’re heading towards debt in excess of £24m by the end of 2020 – financially crippling us. We must raise £1.6m each month to keep going,” read a tweet by Chester Zoo on June 3.
? YOU DID IT! ?— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) June 9, 2020
A week ago we were in despair, not knowing when we would reopen, or if we could even survive much longer…
BUT YOUR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD! ?
We have JUST received the news that we’ll be able to open safely from 15 June. pic.twitter.com/R0Nar3Z8Z3
Meanwhile, the animal lovers have responded well as they responded well raising 2.3M pounds till now in just a few days which made the reopening of the zoo possible. The penguins are not from Iceland or from Northern Hemisphere at all, but it is a nice gesture for them getting involved.
“YOU DID IT! A week ago we were in despair, not knowing when we would reopen, or if we could even survive much longer… BUT YOUR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD! We have JUST received the news that we’ll be able to open safely from 15 June,” the zoo authorities tweeted.