Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for zoos and aquariums

Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2020
Source: 
GOV.UK

Eligibility for animal welfare grants for licensed zoos and aquariums affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you run a licensed zoo or aquarium in England and are experiencing severe financial difficulties because of lost revenue, you can apply for a grant of up to £100,000.

How much you get will be based on your animals’ needs. You can use the grant to cover animal-care costs that you cannot lower such as:

  • keepers’ wages
  • animal feed and bedding
  • veterinary care and medicines
  • electricity and heating
  • waste removal

If Defra approves your application you’ll get payments over a maximum of 3 months.

The fund is:

  • not a guarantee to save every zoo and aquarium business or job
  • intended for smaller zoos at immediate risk
  • in place to protect the welfare of animals living on site or by rehoming

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