Ross Park Zoo Begins COVID-19 Relief Fund
The COVID-19 pandemic has created countless challenges for everybody including Ross Park Zoo. Recently, we told you how they are looking for a way to partner together with the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. As the saying goes, "Two is better than one."
With the zoo being closed down for a while along with the postponements of many of their fundraisers, they lost over 35% of their operating calendar in 2020. Things are off to a slow start in 2021 as well.
Over the Valentine's Day weekend, they were unable to host "Courtship Tales." It's one of their first events of the new year where they would give guided tours and a behind-the-scenes look at love in the animal world. It's an educational experience as well as a fundraiser for them.
The pandemic has also limited their mission of education in the community. Their education programs include Winter Zoo School, Wild Encounters, and ZooMobile outreach, just to name a few.
These programs also provide a revenue stream for Ross Park Zoo and the losses keep adding up. Even though the money isn't coming in, they still have to provide supplies, care, and feed over 175 animals.
We always push "buy local" and this certainly falls into that category. You can make a difference while supporting America's 5th Zoo located at 60 Morgan Road in Binghamton.
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