The Texas Zoo needs help to financially survive this pandemic

It costs about $40,000 a month to operate the zoo

VICTORIA, Texas– The Texas Zoo rescues animals and relies heavily on admissions to stay open, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re struggling to make ends meet.

The sounds from the animals, the guest footsteps walking through the door, are only a couple things that have kept the Texas Zoo doors open over the years but now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff is concerned about their future.

“All of our funding comes from you guys coming to the Zoo making your purchases, and our animal encounters. With COVID unfortunately we aren’t totally certain how many of these animals are susceptible to the virus. So we’ve had to discontinue all of our animal encounters,” said Dari Wittenborn, Texas Zoo Animal Health Manager.

The Texas Zoo reopened a few months ago requiring the community to wear face-covering to keep the animals safe during the pandemic. The CDC says animals can get COVID-19 if they come in contact with a person who has the virus. However, The Texas Zoo is raising money to keep these animals safe and alive during the pandemic.

“The Texas Zoo has been reopened since the end of May. We have seen definitely not lower numbers of admissions which is totally understandable but right now we are really needing some help,” said Wittenborn.

Currently, it costs about $40,000 a month to operate the zoo, and Texas Zoo officials say without the community’s help the Zoo may not survive the pandemic.

“First and foremost coming to visit them, when you pay for admissions, when you pay for things in the gift shop and snacks and drinks during your visit that all goes directly to our animals to help pay for them and care for them but also through our PayPal that’s linked to our website,” said Alyssa Villarreal, Texas Zoo Interim GM.

The Texas Zoo is asking the community to donate by clicking here during this difficult time so that it can continue to save the animals.