European fund raises almost EUR 600,000 to help Ukrainian zoos

22 March, 11:50 AM
Odesa Zoo (Photo:Odesa Zoo)

Odesa Zoo (Photo:Odesa Zoo)

The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) has raised EUR 576,371 to help Ukrainian zoos affected by the Russian invasion, the agency said in an update on March 18.

EAZA said it had already made initial transfers of money to zoos in Ukraine and would continue to assess the situation to ensure that appropriate transfers are made.

"These transfers are intended to allow zoos to meet the costs of local resupply while banking facilities are still available, and without elevating the risk to zoos," reads the report.

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"The situation for Ukrainian zoos continues to be extremely challenging."

EAZA added that Ukrainian zoos were generally still not asking for assistance to relocate animals from high-risk zones.

"We are aware of a few specific requests for relocation and are working to assess the feasibility of meeting these requests," it said.

"In addition, preparatory work has been done and is ongoing to facilitate future relocations if they become possible and if the zoos request them."

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