Join our zoo community

COVID-19 effects on zoos and animal conservation

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by DelacoursLangur, 6 Mar 2020.

  1. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    976
    Location:
    Czech republic
    It looks like many people had the wrong idea (like me too) that our zoos have no daily limit anymore. Lot of angry people who wanted to visit with their families but came too late are sharing their experience on FB and other media. To keep the limit but allow normal sale of tickets at gate was not so bright idea.
     
  2. Andrew Swales

    Andrew Swales Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    7 Aug 2018
    Posts:
    1,305
    Location:
    none
    We are watching CZ very closely Jana, to give us some hope - as we are still being ruled by fear and incompetence. Your news has always been very positive, but this did look a bit risky.
    I guess as none of us have done this before (!) there will always be mistakes.
     
  3. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    976
    Location:
    Czech republic
    Another batch of changes has been announced. Starting 8th of June, Czech zoos can admit 250 visitors per hectar per day (instead of 150/ha).

    Starting 15th of June, Czech republic fully opens borders to tourists from following countries:
    Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Cyprus and Iceland.

    Foreign tourists from remaining EU/EEA/UK countries need to go into quarantine or have negative PCR test. However, with all border checks gone at that date (with exception of airports), this will be on honour base.
     
  4. Andrew Swales

    Andrew Swales Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    7 Aug 2018
    Posts:
    1,305
    Location:
    none
    Thank you Jana - UK zoos will not open until into July, maybe even August. By doing this, our Government has effectively stated that their standards are so poor, that the Continental model cannot be copied.

    It seems that it will be possible for UK tourists to fly to mainland Europe and visit your zoos before they can visit English ones.

    We hope that all the English zoos to survive this will have shown and displayed un-matched resolve in the face of such victimisation, and that we will be able to hold our heads high internationally, even if our Government cannot..
     
    Last edited: 2 Jun 2020
  5. Zooplantman

    Zooplantman Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    3,419
    Location:
    New York, USA
    Interesting report on surveys of North American zoos and other animal-care/advocacy facilities looking at financial impact, staffing impact, long-term planning, etc. of closings due to COVID. Shows how hard hit these institutions have been. And with partial openings the pain is not over. This will take more than a season or even a year to recover from
    https://adisagroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ADISA-Covid-Survey-Results.pdf
     
    Jungle Man likes this.
  6. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    11 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    976
    Location:
    Czech republic
    It looks like CZ zoos are very close to pre-covid daily attendance now, 8 weeks after re-opening. For example Zoopark Vyškov said the only difference to same time last year is made by missing school groups. Plzeň commented they are returning too. Prague zoo saw almost 8000 visitors on Friday and 13500 today (still no foreign tourists in town).

    EU/EEA tourists are allowed to come starting on 15.June (banned are only residents of Sweden, Portugal and the UK for now). Those could bring in some additional funds.

    One negative trend is reluctance of local visitors to use public transport. That causes traffic jams. In Prague in last 2 days, all zoo parking was full before 11:00 and cars blocked many km of roads leading to traffic collaps in surrounding areas. Hundreds of visitors gave up after +1 hour in jam and turned away.

    Despite recovered visitor numbers, all zoos incurred huge financial losses in March to May. Most investments and larger repairs are deffered or stopped across the board and zoos are searching for additional income and donations. Fortunately, so far no zoo has closed or announced they are close to bancrupcy.
     
    Andrew Swales likes this.
  7. Batto

    Batto Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2013
    Posts:
    1,970
    Location:
    Baltic Sea - no more
    Having been to Zoo Salzburg this weekend, I had to realize that
    COVID-19 restrictions + sudden heavy rain make for a miserable zoo experience. Despite wearing waterproof clothes, I was drenched with rain and couldn't take any shelter due to the limited numbers of people per indoor enclosure. When even the capybaras refuse to go out, you know it's time to leave. And the moment my parking ticket got so soaked that the machine refused to accept it, I knew it was time to call it a day. ;)
    At least it was good weather for the visitors of the WdG. :D
     
    Brum likes this.
  8. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    1,223
    Location:
    Melbourne
    A spike in Covid infections in Melbourne has led the Government to reimpose lockdown restrictions throughout the Melbourne Metropolitan area. This means Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Moonlit Sanctuary will have to shut for six weeks from Thursday the 9th July.

    For those wondering what a spike looks like in Australia. we had 191 new infections in the last 24 hours for a total of 772 active cases. That gives us a current infection rate of about 1 in 7,000 residents.