World-famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park announced that they granted a leave of absence to an undisclosed number of employees as they temporarily closed their doors to visitors amid the threat of the pandemic.
The zoo spokesperson said they furloughed visitors service employees and other positions not related to animal and plant care.
“Although the Zoo and Safari Park are temporarily closed, our team of dedicated specialists continue to care for countless animals and plants that depend on us each and every day,” the spokesperson added.
“The employees have decided for now not to disclose the exact number of furloughed workers,” the spokesperson continued.
San Diego Zoo has 3,800 employees.
Those remain working are said to have “creative” ways to continue high standards of care while maintaining proper distancing.
In 2018 the park calculated estimated cost to care for the animals and exhibits was roughly 230 million dollars.
The zoo is asking for donation to help continue the care to its animals and maintaining the park.
“Your most generous gift not only cares for countless animals and plants at the Zoo and Safari Park each and every day, but it also offers hope and reassurance to the world’s most extraordinary wildlife relying on us to survive,” they posted in their official website.
UPDATE: The San Diego Zoo will reopen.