CORONAVIRUS: Lakeland Wildlife Oasis launch £10k fundraising appeal

A zoo has launched a £10,000 fundraising appeal after it was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 11:50 am

Milnthorpe’s Wildlife Oasis have been battling to stay open by putting stringent health and safety procedures in place, but following increased government guidelines, were finally forced to close their doors yesterday (Sunday).

Home to over 100 species, many of which are critically endangered in the wild, the zoo is an internationally recognised contributor to worldwide conservation programmes.

As a registered charity, they also welcome thousands of visitors a year, spreading their message of conservation and education.

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Snow leopard at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis.

The zoo has contingency funds, but with the doors closed, these could soon get eaten up- quite literally.

Having so many important mouths to feed makes securing funds to see the zoo through the lockdown period even more critical.The zoo is calling on supporters and visitors to help raise £10,000 by donating to a ‘Go Fund Me’ page, or donating directly to the zoo.

Co-founder Jo Marsden said: “After coming through the devastating floods, we’re literally fighting for our survival. Our highest priority is always our animals’ welfare, and our dedicated staff will never compromise, but for food, heat, and veterinary care we need to ensure funding”.

£500 has been given by just 13 donors in the first few days.

If you can help visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/safeguardoasis or contact the zoo at [email protected]