Council leader urges government to support Twycross Zoo

Published Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Council Leader Stuart Bray has formally written to the Prime Minister pressing for urgent government support for Twycross Zoo that has been forced to stay closed with no visitor income since March.

He said:

Twycross Zoo has never faced a challenge to its survival such as this one in its proud 57 year history. While indications that zoos will be allowed to reopen with social distancing measures in place from Monday are very welcome, the devastating financial impact of this extended period of closure on the future of this institution is alarming, not only for the impact on the endangered species and animal conservation work but also for the many livelihoods Twycross Zoo sustains in the Hinckley and Bosworth area.
 
The council has been working closely with senior officials at Twycross Zoo throughout the closure and we were very concerned to learn from them that the zoo is not eligible for the covid-19 zoo support the government unveiled earlier this year. The future of Twycross Zoo is now precarious. The council has already raised this issue with ministers through the District Council Network. Now I have written to the Prime Minister and urged him to review the funding available to larger zoos, such as Twycross, without delay.