Telford's Exotic Zoo hits £10,000 fundraising target in less than a month

A fundraiser to save a popular Shropshire zoo from the effects of successive coronavirus lockdowns has hit its £10,000 target in under a month.

From left with their animals are Exotic Zoo owner Scott Adams, Ryan Jordan, Mel Garton and Julie Doughty
From left with their animals are Exotic Zoo owner Scott Adams, Ryan Jordan, Mel Garton and Julie Doughty

Bosses at Telford's Exotic Zoo, who had been hoping to move into a new space in the town centre before Covid hit, had reluctantly turned to the public for help in staying afloat, feeding animals and paying the bills.

A fundraiser launched in early March with a target of £10,000 quickly hit its target and now sits at over £11,000.

A statement said: "We have hit our target and it will help so much. We are so close to getting through this and we can’t wait to invite you all to visit the all new Exotic Zoo in Telford Town Park.

"Because of your help we can now take a sigh of relief and carry on the hard work we are all doing here at the zoo. The animals are all happy and have even been enjoying a little bit of sunshine the last few days.

"People have been getting in touch asking if there is any way they can help us out in what has been a very difficult time and situation, dealing with the pandemic and building the new zoo.

"Well now the lockdown restrictions have been eased we could do with a hand more than ever to help us finish the construction at the new zoo site. We did not plan to move or expect to lose all our income for the last 15 months, so right now hands and man power is so important to us.

"If you have any skills; building, plumbing, gardening (the list goes on) and can donate any time we would love to hear from you. If you fancy some fresh air and want to help plant trees, dig holes, carry, tidy et cetera then we would love to hear from you too."

Learn more and get in touch at facebook.com/telfordzoo.

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