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ZSL London Zoo launches fundraising appeal
Life goes on at ZSL London Zoo: a team of zookeepers, vets and support staff are working tirelessly to ensure its animals remain happy and healthy.

Zookeepers and vets living on-site to provide essential care

ZSL London Zoo has launched a fundraising appeal to support the care of its 18,000 animals while it is closed to visitors.

Since the closure of the zoo on Saturday (21 March), a team of veterinary surgeons, zookeepers and support staff have been living on-site to clean enclosures, prepare food for the animals and provide care, all while observing social distancing.

The Zoo has also offered up its car park to NHS key workers and is sending packages of perishable food from its Terrace Restaurant to nearby hospitals.

ZSL London Zoo’s chief operating officer Kathryn England said: “Last week, along with the rest of the country, we watched as this unprecedented situation unfolded around us and began making detailed plans in anticipation of having to do the previously unthinkable - close ZSL London Zoo to the public.

“A core team of zookeepers, vets, security and grounds staff have stayed on-site and are making each day as normal as possible for our much-loved residents, many of which are endangered species and part of important global breeding programmes.”  

This is the first time that ZSL London Zoo – an iconic British Landmark – has been closed since World War II. Since its opening to scientists in 1828, and to the public in 1847, it has had six reigning monarchs as its Royal Patron.

To learn more about the appeal and to help the Zoo get through this unprecedented time, visit zsl.org/support-our-zoos 

Image (C) ZSL London Zoo.

 

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BEVA gives vets access to free membership for three months

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 BEVA has announced that it is cutting membership renewal charges for the next three months in order to support all veterinary professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Memberships for all existing BEVA members will be extended until 30 June 2020. Veterinary professionals who are not members of BEVA will also be able to sign up for a free membership until 30 June 2020.

BEVA president Tim Mair said: "In this extraordinary time of global crisis our profession, as with many industries, is under immense pressure. By offering free membership we are giving equine vets easy access to a wealth of supportive resources and online CPD."

To sign up please visit the BEVA website.

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LOVE Gorgie Farm seeking veterinary volunteers

LOVE Gorgie Farm in Edinburgh is looking for people with veterinary and animal care experience, who would be interested in volunteering to help care for its animals during these difficult times.

The community-owned charity farm opened to the public only last month, but decided to close temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Its three-person team is working to care for the animals behind the scenes and the farm is now operating as a food bank for the public, delivering free breakfasts to local school children.

In an effort to build a contingency plan to secure the welfare of its animals, LOVE Gorgie Farm is looking for volunteers who would be able to step in if any team members fell sick or needed to self-isolate.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk