On air now

6 PM-9 PM

Govt To Help Dublin Zoo & Fota...

News

Govt To Help Dublin Zoo & Fota Wildlife Park Financially Following Appeal

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

7:45 AM - 18 Nov 2020



The government has pledged to provide money to Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park to support them through the covid-19 pandemic.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said a bailout from the government will be provided to help the two parks survive Covid enforced closures.

It comes after a campaign was launched this morning to 'Save Dublin Zoo'.

Officials at the zoo said without financial supports, there are concerns it may have to close its gates to the public permanently.

Generous donations have been coming in throughout the day:

The animals' care at the zoo in Dublin's Phoenix Park costs €500,000 a month - and now they need to raise money from the public as emergency cash reserves are beginning to run out.

It costs €50 a day to feed a lion, while an elephant's daily diet sets the zoo back by €75.

Dublin Zoo is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions - however over 400 animals are still being cared for on a daily basis.

To date in 2020, it estimates it has lost out on over €8 million in potential revenue from gate receipts.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD has confirmed that the Department of Heritage is considering options which will offer short term financial support to help Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park during their current financial difficulties.

He said "I am confident that our Department will be able to offer short term financial support to help tide the two main zoos past this immediate challenge."



Read more about

Covid-19 Dublin Zoo Fees Financial Support Restrictions

You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Saturday Hits

Saturday Hits

6 PM-9 PM

Share

Up next

Claire Beck’s Saturday SoundSy...

Claire Beck’s Saturday SoundSystem

9 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-8 AM

Share

Weekend Breakfast with Alison...

Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Sunday Selection

Sunday Selection

11 AM-1 PM

Share

Jessica Maciel

Jessica Maciel

12 PM-4 PM

Share

Sunday Drive with Phil Cawley

Sunday Drive with Phil Cawley

4 PM-7 PM

Share

Ed's Songs of Praise

Ed's Songs of Praise

7 PM-10 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on