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26 / 03 / 2020
Animals bask in sunshine as keepers continue their care

It might take staff at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project a while to get used to the lack of visitors, but it certainly hasn’t stopped the animals enjoying themselves. 

Bristol Zoological Society closed both sites to the public on Friday afternoon (March 20) to help stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), but dedicated keepers, vets and other essential staff at both attractions are still hard at work ensuring the animals receive the best possible care. 

In total, there are over 400 different species to look after across both locations, from the tiniest leafcutter ant to the tallest giraffe – and everything in-between! 

Lynsey Bugg, Curator of Mammals at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “It’s certainly very strange not having our visitors here, we only usually close on Christmas Day, so it’s rather surreal. However, I’m very pleased to say that the animals are doing well and are enjoying this sunshine.

“The gorilla family have spent hours outside playing on Gorilla Island, the lemurs are basking in the warmth of the sun, and our pygmy hippo has been taking regular dips in the pool to keep cool.”

Will Walker, animal manager at Wild Place Project, added: “We are very happy to say that the animals here are fine and content. The bears, lynx and wolverines have been dozing in the sunshine, the giraffes and zebras have been out in the paddock and the geladas are enjoying picking at the fresh grass that has started growing in their exhibit.  

“It’s certainly much quieter than usual and we are all missing seeing the happy smiles of our visitors, but we are grateful for all the lovely messages of support we have received, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back when we re-open.”  

Over the coming days and weeks, animal updates, videos, news and photos will continue to be shared on the Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project social media channels and websites, so visitors won’t miss out.

On top of that, keepers from both zoos will be posting regular live videos via social media that will also feature some of the most popular Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project residents.

Enjoy fantastic animal stories and videos via our Bristol Zoo Gardens TwitterInstagram and Facebook and our Wild Place Project Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

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