Welsh Government urged to establish fund to support Welsh zoos amid Covid-19 pandemic

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar is calling on the Welsh Government to follow the UK Government’s lead in establishing a Zoos Support Fund to help zoos and other animal attractions survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK Government has set up a fund to provide animal welfare grants of up to £100,000 for zoos or aquariums affected by coronavirus and Darren is urging the Welsh Government to follow suit.

Darren said:

“With nobody currently allowed to visit zoos and other animal attractions in Wales, they are really struggling and desperately need support if they are to survive. The UK Government has recognised this and I was pleased to hear of the funding they have made available to zoos in England.

“I am therefore urging the Welsh Government to establish a Welsh Zoos Support Fund so that the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, and other attractions, can access the support they need to care for their animals while they are closed.

“The Welsh Mountain Zoo is the National Zoo of Wales and, as one of the top attractions in North Wales receiving tens of thousands of visitors per year, we have to make sure that it can get through these troubled times and thrive once the lockdown is lifted.”