Zookeepers self-isolate at animal park to continue caring for animals
While many people are currently isolating themselves in the comfort of their own homes, a group of zookeepers in the UK have temporarily moved into their workplace. Izzy, Emily, Layla and Sarah-Jane are the wardens of Paradise Park, a wildlife sanctuary in Hayle, Cornwall. The park closed on March 21 due to COVID-19, but the 4 noble staff volunteered to stay in the sanctuary house for 12 weeks in order to continue caring for the resident animals.
“I was thinking about how to handle the situation we all find ourselves in with regards to isolation and social distancing, because I have a large family including an older member who went into isolation for 12 weeks,” explains goalie Izzy Wheatley. âAt the same time, the directors had the same thoughts on using the house which is on site and which became free because the Cornish Chough conservation meeting had just been canceled. Myself and three other babysitters Sarah-Jane Jelbart, Layla Richardson and Emily Foden then moved into the house there.
Paradise Park is currently home to just under 1,200 birds and mammals, from a flock of flamingos to adorable red pandas. Self-isolating zookeepers currently share vital responsibilities such as feeding, cleaning, administering medication, creating activities, and important maintenance. Fortunately, they also have the help of other guards who arrive at different times of the day so they can stay separated and follow social distancing rules.
Izzy, Emily, Layla, and Sarah-Jane also follow the daily routine of the sanctuary’s resident Humboldt penguins. âA few are hand raised and very friendly and during the summer season from Easter on they participate in ‘Photocalls’,â Izzy explains. âUsually at the two meal times of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, we select a handful of visitors to help feed the penguins, give a talk, and then the visitors are invited to meet and pet one of the nicer ones. and take pictures. To make sure we are ready to reopen, we continue to follow these routines. In addition, we continue to train with our eagles, vultures, hawks, macaws and other species that participate in our great free flight shows throughout the summer.
Since the zoo was closed, its source of income has ceased, which of course makes it difficult to cover animal care expenses (which amount to over $ 1,500 per week). That’s why zoo staff have launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of covering food and other vital expenses with donations. If you want to help you can donate here.
Paradise Park in Cornwall, UK, temporarily closed on March 21, but 4 noble zookeepers volunteered to stay in the sanctuary house to continue caring for the animals.
Izzy, Emily, Layla and Sarah-Jane now share vital responsibilities such as cleaning and feeding.
And they also follow the daily routines of the park’s resident Humboldt penguins.
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