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Dublin Zoo will remains open, Assurance from Taoiseach

The Dublin Zoo will remain open as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has assured that the Government will put efforts to prevent the closure. 

The zoo has been recently facing financial losses due the pandemic outbreak and had warned that it may have to shut it down.

The expense to maintain animal care in the zoo reaches up to €500,000 per month.

The zoo appealed to the public for the funds. Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach to ensure supports are made available to prevent its closure.

The zoo, which shelters over 400 animals, appealed to the public for funds.

Mr Martin assured that the Government will intervene to support the sector and give all the assistance to Dublin Zoo and Fota Wildlife Park so that it will remain open for the coming generations.

Green Party’s Minister for State Heritage & Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan has also confirmed that his department is looking into offering ‘short term financial support’ for the zoos.

‘We recognise too the important conservation work they do with not just international endangered species through shared breeding programmes with other zoos but with the conservation of Irish species such as the natterjack toad; Ireland’s only indigenous species of toad’, he noted.

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