The park's 600 animals are facing shortages of food and drugs (Photo: Pombia Safari Park) - Media Credit:

Italian Safari Park Facing Crisis As Coronavirus Causes Food Shortage For Animals

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A safari park in Italy is calling for help as the country’s coronavirus lockdown has left the animals without food, drugs, and supplements.

Pombia Safari Park, in Novara, houses more than 600 animals including zebras, giraffes, lions, hippos, and elephants among others. The park’s management team has called for what it describes as ‘active support’, as the ‘abrupt interruption of activities is putting a strain on finances and related supplies’.

More than 1,800 people in Italy have died from the coronavirus – which is believed to have started at a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, China in early December last year. Italy, the worst-hit country in Europe is now in lockdown, which has hit a number of businesses – including the safari park – hard.

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SAFARI PARK LAGO MAGGIORE LANCIA IL SUO SOS! ALLE AZIENDE: Chiediamo sostegno attivo ai Centri Commerciali, Supermercati, Negozi di alimentari frutta e verdura, panifici, alle Aziende produttrici o agricole nel poterci donare quanto per loro superfluo o non più idoneo alla vendita al nostro Parco. Safari Park Lago Maggiore in queste settimane sta attraversando un momento molto delicato che mette a rischio la regolare operatività e il sostentamento delle 300 specie di Animali attualmente ospitati all’interno della struttura di Pombia (No) I nostri Animali necessitano di Assistenza, derrate alimentari, farmaci ed integratori per decine di miglialia di euro e l’interruzione così brusca delle attività sta mettendo a dura prova finanze e relative forniture. AI VISITATORI: Oggi lanciamo un appello non solo a tutte le Attività ma anche ai Privati perchè tutti gli amici di Safari Park possano aiutarci e sostenerci. A loro non richiediamo donazioni ne tanto meno invio di materiale, ma semplicemente la possibilità che possiate acquistare adesso il Vostro biglietto di ingresso a data aperta sul nostro shop on line. Il Biglietto lo si potrà poi utilizzare per tutta la stagione non appena la situazione di emergenza sarà rientrata. E’ possibile anche donarlo come regalo per un evento o celebrazione Questo piccolo gesto ci permetterà di potere sostenere i servizi essenziali e non dovere ricorrere a drastiche e più drammatiche decisioni. L’equilibrio di un Parco Zoologico non è cosa così semplice, anche se dovessero intervenire sostegni governativi, sarebbe forse troppo tardi. Continueremo ogni giorno a svolgere il nostro lavoro con consapevolezza, professionalità e instancabile passione. visita www.safaripark.it e aiutaci concretamente perchè SOLO INSIEME TUTTI UNITI #celafaremo

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‘Active support’

In a post on Instagram, the park revealed it was running out of essential supplies for the animals. It said: “We ask for active support from shopping centers, supermarkets, fruit and vegetable grocery stores, bakeries, producers or farms in being able to donate anything superfluous or no longer suitable for sale to our park. 

“[The park] is going through a very delicate moment that puts the regular operation and sustenance of the 300 species of animals currently housed within its boundaries at risk. Our animals need assistance – including tens of thousands of euros worth of foodstuffs, drugs, and supplements. The abrupt interruption of activities is putting a strain on finances and related supplies.”

‘Not so simple’

The park has asked visitors to buy tickets online now for themselves or as gifts, which will be valid for the rest of the season ‘as soon as the emergency situation has resolved’. 

The post concluded: “The balance of a Zoological Park is not so simple, even if government support should intervene, it would perhaps be too late. We will continue to carry out our work every day with awareness, professionalism and untiring passion.”

An Instagram update by the park shows people have started responding to the appeal. The park said: “First aid begins to arrive in Safaripark in support of animals. We are moved by the generosity and solidarity that you are showing us.”

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