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Public donates €500k in desperate bid to save Dublin Zoo

Eoin Murphy and Lisa Trainer

DUBLIN Zoo has received €500,000 in donations from the general public in just one day of fundraising.

This morning, the Phoenix Park facility warned that it may have to close permanently because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The facility, which opened in 1830, is closed to the public because of coronavirus restrictions, but must still meet the cost of feeding and upkeep of the animals, which runs to about €500,000 a month.

The zoo has today announced the launch of the 'Save Dublin Zoo' fundraising campaign, appealing to the Irish public for help.

And by lunchtime today they had managed to raise just over half a million euro from the general public.

However, Zoo Operations Manager Gerry Creighton confirmed that this money would just about keep the animals safe and well for one month.

“We have just received word that we have passed over €500,000,” he said.

“That is one month of what it takes to keep the animals safe and well.

“Thank you so much but please continue to support us, we need so much more. But thank you from all the team at Dublin Zoo.”

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