As we count down the days to 2022, a new year with new possibilities, we look back to 2021 and wow, for us here what a year.
The year started as the last started with all the uncertainty of the pandemic, like everywhere else we have had to shut down to try to stop the spread of the virus with 1200 animals depending on our care and we are counting on the money visitors to feed our animals and for our keepers to continue to take care of them.
It costs over £ 100,000 a month to take care of everything and where you can skimp and save on animal welfare, food, heating and care are not one of them.
But aside from the money we have had fabulous support, both locally, through our “lives”, from our members and just a tremendous sense of being completely “propped up” and for that we are, and always will be. , eternally grateful.
The animal’s reactions to the lack of visitors to educate and involve were interesting and varied; our keepers had to come up with creative ways to stimulate each resident and, very interestingly, the animals definitely understood the change in the number of human faces they saw during the lockdown and started to interact with each other more, and with non-custodial staff who were on site – and with guards from other sections.
The opening of our new home for Andean bears and howler monkeys in early 2022 will be a milestone in a project that has cost over £ 100,000, and visitors will see one of the best indoor bear facilities in the Kingdom. -United.
Most importantly, bears and howlers will have access to their new indoor spaces, all built and designed with the animal’s natural history at its heart.
And will represent the first of what hopefully many to come.
It’s always particularly poignant and emotional for the team here when we’re able to upgrade one of the paddocks and / or houses, and this one certainly hit a few chords, especially being able to achieve it in the midst of the constraints and challenges of the pandemic.
We’ve lost some familiar faces this year and it’s still extremely difficult, but as a famous little bear once said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes goodbyes so difficult.
We have had difficult lows but looking to end the year on good news – a very bad Kangaroo – Jalapeno who, after nearly a year of observation and care from his formidable team, has just received this week a good health check of veterinarians; And the Ring Tail Tyrion lemur who has amazing x-rays to tell his story of recovery.
We are part of breeding programs so that animals play a major role in the conservation of their species for the future; have a backup generation to support endangered species in the wild.
In December 2021 White Rhino zahara, born here in 2017, moved to Marwell Zoo as part of the program, but the crash welcomed 2 new members as we celebrated the birth of calves Azeeza and Iniko.
One of our strengths is the ongoing relationship with Indy the Dogs for the Wild Sense Dog.
Over the year, we’ve seen Indy move from a young puppy training in rhino and African enclosures here at the zoo to be ready for deployment (as soon as covid allows) to the southern reserves. to protect these animals in the wild.
- Other highlights of this year – the births of little red pandas and the renewed funding and connection with the warden of the red panda forest in Nepal,
- Funding for a lion keeper in Africa, another silent extinction A massive sum of £ 21,000 has been raised for the GCF fund for the conservation of giraffes in the wild, ‘It’s time to stand together and to be the voice of the voiceless ”.
- £ 25,000 raised for Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
- Objective achieved to finance the transport of the bush meat detector dog Indy en route to the Mankwe wildlife reserve.
- We are very proud that we were able to achieve all of this in one year, and not just any year – a year with so many challenges and uncertainties posed by the pandemic.
- And for that, we only have our supporters to thank.
Watch out for 2022 as we launch our ‘you can change the world’ campaign where we will ask you all to dig deep to recycle your cans here at the zoo where we will turn that income into funds purely to support Indy as it arrives in Africa. south and on the reserve that she goes to each of us – “it’s our individual decision as to what to do that determines extinction or recovery.”
We’ve got some very exciting newcomers on the shelves as well, so keep watching this space.
From everyone here at the Cumbria Zoo we wish everyone from afar a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and that May 2022 brings ‘normalcy’ to all with gatherings and a sense of security with our families.