Information compiled and written By Nathan Wertheimer
Sanford, FL – You may have seen local news coverage of the Central Florida Zoo having financial trouble because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It cost a lot of money to feed the animal at the zoo. The zoo spends about $30,000 a day. The animals can’t take care of them selves. This is a community effort.
On the Central Florida Zoo website they describe their zoo revival. Without people visiting the zoo and donating money there would be no zoo for all to enjoy.
Zoo Sustainability Campaign:
For most businesses, the loss of millions of dollars in revenue could mean turning out the lights, cutting back on staffing, and taking other drastic actions to make ends meet. While some of those measures have been put into place, laying off staff and finding new homes for animals just isn’t an option for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
The Zoo, which is home to over 350 animals and employs over 100 full & part-time staff, closed on March 15th to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our nearly 8-week closure took place during one of the busiest times of year resulting in mounting monthly losses. And the deficit continues to grow.
On June 16, 2020, we announced the There’s No Zoo Without You sustainability campaign to raise $2.5 million in financial support for the Zoo by June of 2021.
With the help of the entire community, including individual and corporate donors, the City of Sanford, and Seminole County, we have raised over $2 million! Help us reach our goal by making a tax deductible gift today! Please visit this link to donate at shop.centralfloridazoo.org/WebStore/shop/viewitems.aspx?cg=don&c=cfzbgdon
About the Zoo
The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has been a part of the Central Florida community since the early 1920’s and has been in its current location since 1975. Throughout the region we have helped to create memories for so many families in Central Florida during a visit to the Zoo, an education program, a special event, an outreach program, or connecting through our social media.
These opportunities for learning and making memories are only possible through the generous and continued support of our community.
A donation to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Relief Fund will provide critical funding that is crucial for continued operations into 2021. The Zoo remains committed to providing exceptional animal care, engaging programming, a safe environment for guests, and experiences that excite and inspire adults and children to learn and act on behalf of wildlife.
Your tax-deductible gift will be put to immediate use to help care for our animals and make sure the Zoo is a safe place for families to visit throughout the holiday season.
For more information please with www.centralfloridazoo.org .