Jacksonville Zoo looking to raise $250,000

Jacksonville Zoo looking to raise $250,000
(Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens lost $6 million dollars.

They are now asking for the publics' help to raise $250,000 to help with lost revenue they lost when they closed in March.

The money will go to operating costs, including the care of their 2,000 animals and 1,000 plants.

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“Many people are surprised to learn how expensive it is to maintain our day-to-day operations, even after we closed to the public on March 14. We still had to feed and care for our animals daily, as well as employ the dedicated staff who worked through our closure. We were closed during our busiest season and we’re still feeling the effects, even after reopening, because our attendance has averaged less than half of what we usually see,” Executive Director Tony Vecchio said.

To donate, text ZOO to 560-5600 or online at JacksonvilleZoo.org/ZOO-A-THON.