LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s oldest zoo is shut to the public for the first time since World War Two as London locks down because of the coronavirus pandemic, but for the roughly 18,000 animals housed there, life must go on.
FILE PHOTO: Bhanu the lion is seen during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London, Britain, January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
London Zoo, opened to scientists in 1828 and to the public in 1847, is one of the British capital’s most-loved attractions, but like everything else in the city it has been impacted by the ongoing crisis, raising concern about the animals’ welfare.
Unlike a museum or an art gallery, it is not just a case of locking the doors.
Captive animals are needy, whether big beasts such as lions, gorillas, zebras and giraffes or the Madagascan hissing cockroaches, or everything else in between.
It is a costly, and labor-intensive, business, and without the revenue from daily tickets sales — worth 27.8 million pounds ($33…
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