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Our Prime Minister last night announced that there was going to be another national lockdown. This means zoos and animal attractions will be shut for one month from Thursday.

At the start it looked like there might be a glimmer of hope. Travel for education is allowed and most zoos have based themselves around core principles of education. Maybe they could put together an argument here?

About an hour after the press conference ended, the full text from the government squashed this hope. The below is taken from the governments website:

4. Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

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In the third bullet in section 4 it is unequivocal. Zoos and animal attractions to shut for the month.

Most of the major zoos have already put out statements and BIAZA was fairly busy on twitter last night:

I particularly like the hashtag here #YourZoosNeedYou. I’ve already written about the closure of living coasts and about some of the impact this will have on zoos but now, more than ever, zoos are going to need our help.

I was due to go on holiday this week. Nothing fancy, just a break to the Cotswolds. I was really hoping to go to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park with my wife. Instead I’m going to pay my ticket anyway and watch every video of the Cotswolds Wildlife Park I can find on Youtube.

Helping zoos out is easier than you might think. If you’re planning Christmas presents why not think about animal adoptions from zoos? Why not buy someone a ticket for a zoo next year?

The message is simple, BIAZA nailed it, #YourZoosNeedYou

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