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Reid Park Zoo asking Tucsonans for help after loss of $1 million in revenue

Posted at 2:21 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 10:02:31-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Reid Park Zoo is asking the Tucson community for help after experiencing a loss of $1 million in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The zoo closed its doors on March 17th and has been closed ever since.

"Something I certainly never thought I’d see during my time here at the zoo," said Nancy Kluge, the CEO of the Reid Park Zoo.

Officials opted to keep the zoo closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and while it helped the cause, it also hurt the zoo.

“A lot of our operations have to continue whether we’re closed or not," said Kluge.

Kluge told KGUN9 that although there is a cash reserve helping amid the revenue loss, staff are still tasked with keeping zoo animals healthy and safe.

“Food, medication for our animals all of those things are so important for the zoo," she said.

Despite the ongoing closure, Kluge said the zoo has a plan for when it's deemed safe to open.

“You have hand sanitizer as you come in, touchless ticketing, with very limited amount of people," she said.

The plan is called 'Wildlife Walkout' and although it's ready, Kluge said zoo officials have no date set as to when the zoo will reopen.

Zoo officials have come up with different ways the community can continue supporting the zoo.

Here is how you can help:

Make a donation: To make a donation, visit the zoo's donation page.

Adopt an animal: You can symbolically adopt one of Reid Park's animals! Click here for details.

Purchase raffle tickets: A raffle is being held that supports the zoo's upcoming "World of Play Adventure Zone." Click here to buy a ticket.

Get a zoo mask: Support the zoo by sporting a zoo-themed mask! Buy a mask here.

Renew your membership: Even though the zoo is closed, you can still renew your membership, or become a member.

Give a gift to animals: Purchase an item on the zoo's wishlist.

Support Us While You Shop: Supporting Reid Park Zoo by using Amazon! Set ReidParkZoo as your beneficiary on AmazonSmile.com and make a contribution to the Zoo each time you shop.