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Linton Zoo working 'as hard at it can' to reopen as soon as possible




Linton Zoo will not be ready to open next Monday despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing on Wednesday evening that all zoos can go-ahead and do so, according to its director.

All zoos have been closed since the coronavirus lockdown came into force on March 23.

Linton Zoo, like all others, has seen the income it would have received during the Easter school holiday period and the summer so far, wiped out , leaving it struggling financially.

Volunteer Linton Zoo keeper Kim with Thomas the Brazilian tapir. Contributed picture
Volunteer Linton Zoo keeper Kim with Thomas the Brazilian tapir. Contributed picture

The zoo’s director, Kim Simmons, said: “This is fantastic news for us all, however, many of us will not be opening immediately on June 15

“Having recently been told by government representatives that our gates would have to remain closed for the foreseeable future, this unexpected news is very exciting, but has left us with the feeling of being thrown under a bus.

“We are all now working as hard as we can to ensure that we can open as soon as possible, in a safe ‘Covid secure’ way protecting our staff, visitors and, of course, animals working within the latest government and BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) guidelines.

Linton Zoo keeper Mikey with Agnes the Aldabran giant tortoise. Contributed picture
Linton Zoo keeper Mikey with Agnes the Aldabran giant tortoise. Contributed picture

“We would like to thank everyone who has shown us support during the enforced closure, the generosity of all of our visitors and friends of the zoo has, without a doubt, helped us continue to provide the first class care that all of our animals receive.

“Ways that people can continue to support us during the difficult times ahead can be found on the homepage of our website.

“We would urge everyone to check our website – www.lintonzoo.com – and Facebook page for regular updates as soon as we have them.

“We very much look forward to welcoming visitors back soon.”

Linton Zoo first opened in 1972. It has 1,400 animals and is also a conservation and breeding centre.


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