BRANTFORD – Twin Valley Zoo, located on 25 acres just east of Brantford, is home to over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers, wolves and primates. Now entering their 40th season, the family run operation is facing its biggest challenge yet.
Management at the zoo say the COVID-19 pandemic has hit them pretty hard. Between school trip cancellations and social distancing guidelines that may not allow them to open in May, they are looking at a loss of $80,000 to $90,000 in revenue.
“We have had to cut back on our employees. Thomas and I have had to pick up extra shifts to try and maintain that. We will lose a lot of revenue in the upcoming months and unfortunately that doesn’t allow us to apply for any of the government grants that are currently offered because we haven’t suffered any financial loss as of yet but it will absolutely influence us in the next two to three months on a huge, huge scheme.”Jennifer Stallman, Twin Valley Zoo
So far over $11 thousand of the $100 thousand GoFundMe goal has been raised.
Further contributions can be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/f/twin-valley-zoo-needs-help-please.