News from the Natural World: Zoo Animals struggling in the pandemic say their souls died long ago anyway.
News from the Natural World: Zoo Animals struggling in the pandemic say their souls died long ago anyway. Zoos struggling in the pandemic have said that the UK government hasn’t done enough. In those zoos many Animals are at risk unless the government changes its Covid-19 funding. The Zoo Animals Fund was created by the government to help zoos facing financial trouble in the pandemic with £100m available. In a letter to the Human Prime Minister, the British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums (Biaza) says the fund has “failed to provide” adequate support. Out of 300 licensed zoos, 34 have been awarded funding, with a further 23 applications being processed. This makes up £6m of the £100m available and major wildlife attractions such as London Zoo remain ineligible for help. Zoos are currently shut-in this lockdown. Many are concerned about the animals welfare so we decided to ask some of the animals themselves. We decided to interview Asim, one of the Tigers at London Zoo. “Well I was moved to the Zoo as a new mate for resident female, Melati. They transported me all the way from Denmark. It was incredibly traumatising for me. They put me into a cramped cage. Then they put me in a giant flying loud machine. It was horrible. The journey traumatised me. In fact, when I met Melati we had a fight and I killed her. You, humans, don’t realise what you’re doing to us. Do you know how far a Sumatran Tiger roams in the wild?? Our range is 52 km2 for a male and 27 km2 for the female. Have you seen the size of the enclosure at London Zoo? They call it Tiger Territory when it’s barely 5% of the territory I need!”