The Save Our Zoo campaign was launched on one of the darkest days in our history.
The coronavirus crisis had hit us hard and left us in a perilous position.
We were fearing that an indefinite closure could mean THE END OF CHESTER ZOO.
As soon as we launched the campaign donations came from far and wide. We were overwhelmed and very grateful for the huge amount of public support. The decision to reopen zoos in England came more quickly than we expected.
But, despite the “Save our Zoo” campaign we are sadly not out of the woods. With the restrictions on visitor numbers reducing our annual admissions to around half, and with our costs increasing back to the normal, the pandemic has left us with a huge £5 million shortfall in our finances and vulnerable to future closures.
There is no doubt that without your ongoing support we simply can’t deliver against our mission of preventing extinction through our conservation and education work.