The Birmingham Zoo spends about $30,000 a day feeding and caring for the more than 700 animals that live there. But with the zoo shut down because of the pandemic, money has gotten tight.
The zoo has set up an Emergency Animal Fund to help replace some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars it is losing during the closure, according to a statement released by the zoo.
Normally, about 600,000 people visit the zoo each year, which generates millions for the organization, President and CEO Chris Pfefferkorn said in the statement.
“Like other non-profits, the coronavirus is having a major impact on the zoo’s revenue and the way we operate. Even though the zoo is temporarily closed, our greatest priority is to continue providing exceptional care for our animals seven days a week, no matter the circumstance,” he said in the statement.
Even though the zoo is closed, it has to maintain its staff of more than 60 animal care professionals to care for the animals.
Several avenues for donating have been set up:
- Emergency Animal Fund: Donate at birminghamzoo.com/donate.
- AmazonSmile: When shopping on Amazon, choose Birmingham Zoo Inc. as your charitable organization; 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will be donated to the zoo.
- PayPal Giving Fund: PayPal delivers 100% of your donation to the Birmingham Zoo.
- Giving Tuesday: A global day of giving has been set for May 5 as an emergency response to the pandemic. Visit birminghamzoo.com/donate to give to the Birmingham Zoo on Giving Tuesday.
- Zoo Memberships: Renew your membership or join the zoo at birminghamzoo.com/memberships. All new and renewing memberships will include a full year of benefits from the date the zoo reopens.
- Planned Giving: Give at birminghamzoo.com/plannedgiving to ensure the zoo’s future by providing money to maintain operations, expand international species survival research and buy food and medical supplies for the animals.