Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 February 2021
TICKETS have gone back on sale for Twycross Zoo, as they prepare to re-open their gates to visitors on 12 April.
Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest coronavirus briefing which announced a ‘roadmap to normality’ to come out of lockdown, it was confirmed alongside theme parks and other outdoor attractions, zoos will be able to re-open to visitors and members of the public from 12 April.
Staff at the Twycross-based zoo are looking forward to ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’, as the attraction has been on a ‘rollercoaster of emotion’ for the past year, as they have had to close in multiple lockdowns with no access to a Zoo Fund.
As they were without a Zoo Fund, their vital conservation work had to be paused a result, and support to their key scientific programmes, research, and education were cut, to avoid the possibility of the popular park becoming extinct itself.
Whilst the roadmap to re-opening is a sigh of relief, the Midlands zoo and conservation charity have significantly lost income as a result of being closed, which has meant that they have had to use cash reserves, and rely on bank loans and public donations to get them through the past year (2020).
Once they re-open again in April and manage to get through the battle of re-opening their gates for the third time, Twycross Zoo will need to endure battle to recuperate from their debts and losses, which total up to £5.5 million, at the time of publication (27 February).
Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO of Twycross Zoo, said: “We are pleased that the Government has now given us a date for Twycross Zoo to re-open, so we can welcome visitors back safely for a day out that makes a difference to our charity.
“Looking ahead at another seven weeks of being closed is disappointing, as we have already missed out on February Half Term and will lose out on part of the Easter Holidays which are crucial income sources for us.
“Sadly the amount of income lost from being closed will have an effect on the conservation work we can do.
“2021 is looking like another difficult year for us at Twycross Zoo so we call upon our communities once again to support us by any means they can.
“We are now focused on preparing our zoo to welcome visitors back in April and call on the public to buy a ticket online for a future visit which in turn will support our charity now whilst we’re closed.”
The zoo is a 100-acre outdoor site with plenty of space for attendees to social distance and spread out.
Tickets can be booked online for visits starting in April on their official website, which can be made at www.twycrosszoo.org/book.