Wexford Wildlife Park calls for help with animal food and shelter
A Wexford County Wildlife Preserve is appealing to the public to help support their conservation facility.
Secret Valley Wildlife Park feeds and cares for over 100 species, from wild to domestic and rescue animals.
However, due to COVID-19, the 14-acre park ran out of funds for animal feed and habitat maintenance.
Making much of their money through school tours and educational workshops, the nationwide lockdown has put Secret Valley and their animals at risk.
Park owner Ann O’Connor has started a crowdfunding campaign to keep her animals safe, but with a benefit to anyone who donates.
By contributing to the Feed the Animals campaign, visitors can receive discounted family passes, annual passes, donation certificates, and corporate benefits.
In a statement from the park, owner Ann O’Connor said: “As a small animal park, which receives no government funding, we rely on entrance fees, school tours and our education workshops as our primary sources of income. “
“We have been able to continue to give our animals the best possible care so far through online pre-ticket sales and animal sponsorship. Unfortunately, this is no longer enough and we are asking for your help. ‘
“For the past 14 years, Secret Valley Wildlife Park has strived to educate our visitors and followers about the plight of wildlife and the efforts we can make to conserve the environment and protect animals in the state. Savage.
“We are also working with an exotic animal rescue organization based in Europe to provide a permanent home for exploited and neglected exotic animals.
“We currently have four species of rescued primates, including capuchin monkeys and cotton-headed tamarins that were rescued from the pet trade. Our most recent additions are four rhesus macaques that were rescued from a Dutch lab. After enduring horrific suffering while being used for neurological research, Bassie, Adriaan, Puyi and Tchang can now live the rest of their lives in peace at Secret Valley Wildlife Park.
So far, the park has raised just over € 2,000 and hopes to achieve its goal of protecting its rescue animals.