Twycross Zoo tickets back on sale as they prepare to reopen on 12th April
Following the latest PM announcement regarding lockdown and the much awaited roadmap to help the nation get back to some sort of normality, staff at Twycross Zoo are looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel as they are told by the Prime Minister that zoos will reopen their gates for visitors from at earliest the 12th April.
Twycross Zoo, as well as zoos across the country, have been on a rollercoaster of emotion for the past year, with multiple lockdowns and a non-accessible zoo fund meaning their vital conservation work has had to be paused, as they have had to cut down support of key scientific programmes, research and education just to avoid the zoo itself becoming extinct.
Although the roadmap to reopen is a sigh of relief, the midlands zoo and conservation charity has lost significant income from being closed which has meant they have had to use cash reserves and rely on bank loans and public donations to get through the past year. Once they are able to get through the battle of reopening for the third time, they will have to endure another battle to recuperate from their debts and losses, which totals £5.5million.
Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo said: “We are pleased that the government have now given us a date for Twycross Zoo to re-open so we can welcome visitors back safely for a day out that makes a difference to our charity.
“Looking ahead at another 7 weeks of being closed is disappointing, as we have already missed out on February Half Term and will lose out on part of the Easter Holidays which are crucial income sources for us, and sadly the amount of income lost from being closed will have an effect on the conservation work we can do.
“2021 is looking like another difficult year for us at Twycross Zoo so we call upon our communities once again to support us by any means they can. We are now focused on preparing our zoo to welcome visitors back in April and call on the public to buy a ticket online for a future visit which in turn will support our charity now whilst we’re closed.”
Twycross Zoo is a 100-acre outdoor site with plenty of space for visitors to spread out and social distance. The public can support Twycross Zoo’s conservation mission by: