With great sadness, the charity’s leadership team agreed this morning (22.3.20) that the UK’s largest zoo should close in line with the latest instructions from the UK government - to protect our people, our local community and in support of the NHS at this difficult time.
Although closed to visitors, behind the scenes our dedicated zookeepers, vets and teams will continue their vital work caring for the animals – many of which are endangered species.
ZSL’s Director General Dominic Jermey CVO OBE said: “Like the rest of the country, we’ve watched an unprecedented situation unfold over the past week, and have made careful decisions to protect our animals, visitors and staff every step of the way.
“After making the sad decision to shut ZSL London Zoo just a day ago, it is now right that ZSL Whipsnade Zoo closes its gates as well.
“We’ve gone to enormous lengths to make sure our animals will be as well looked after as ever and our extraordinary zookeepers, vets and grounds teams will be there every day doing just that.
He added: “I have been truly touched by the depth of compassion, loyalty and solidarity shown by the close-knit team at ZSL this past week. In the face of true adversity, they have demonstrated their willingness to do whatever it takes to keep ZSL’s animals safe and well and I believe that our visitors, members and supporters will show us the same loyalty at this difficult time. We can’t wait to welcome them all back to their Zoos.”
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