Ministers Darragh O’Brien and Malcolm Noonan said today that while the State does not usually provide funding to the zoo sector, he made clear that this was due to the challenging year zoos have faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The outpouring of public support sparked by the Dublin Zoo appeal is testament to the great love so many people have for our zoos. I am mindful too of the staff, whose primary concern has always been the animals in their care,” said Noonan.
"I do hope that Government can continue to support our zoos and aquariums until they can open their doors again and thrive."
Minister O’Brien added: “I joined the thousands of people all over Ireland in ‘adopting’ an animal from Dublin Zoo this week.
“I think the campaign, which had a global reach and was featured in the New York Times, shows just how loved our zoos are and how they are an important place for making memories. I am delighted that our Department was in a position to help.