Zoo’s across the country will receive a much needed funding lifeline from the Morrison Government to help get through the COVID-19 crisis.

This funding will assist Zoos like Monarto Safari Park with the fixed operational costs associated with the caring of their animals, while also helping to ensure they can remain viable and ready to welcome visitors when restrictions are eased.

Mr Pasin said the initiative would provide vital assistance for organisations like Monarto that have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This will be a lifeline for zoos like Monarto that have had many of their revenue streams dry up during this crisis,” Mr Pasin said.

“Monarto Safari Park is such an important part of the community and we want to make sure it can continue to be a major economic contributor into the future.”

“Keeping the Park in the best shape possible as we deal with this pandemic will be vital to helping the region get back on their feet, sustaining local jobs,” Mr Pasin said.

The $94.6 million support package was unveiled by the Morrison Government this week.

Eligible exhibiting zoos and aquariums will have access to grants that contribute towards up to six months of its animal welfare operating costs. This includes animal feed, enclosure, health and other specialised care expenses, and utilities directly related to the housing and caring for animals.

In addition to this support to help with operational costs, zoos and aquariums who meet the criteria will be able to apply for the JobKeeper program to assist with staffing costs.

Elaine Bensted, Chief Executive of Zoos SA, welcomed the Federal Government imitative saying it will ensure the ongoing costs of operation and animal care and conservation can be covered.

“News of the Federal funding for zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and aquariums is a fantastic lifeline and one we greatly appreciate. This funding will ensure organisations including Zoos SA can continue to look after animal welfare and ongoing conservation work,” said Ms Bensted.

“Many zoos and aquariums across the country were without a financial safety net until now. This announcement will come as a huge relief.”

“The joint announcement between the Federal Minister for Tourism and the Federal Minister for Environment, acknowledges the vital role that zoos and wildlife parks play in both tourism and conservation.”

“This funding will help us to cover the costs of food, care and veterinary services for Monarto Safari Park and Adelaide Zoo’s animals – all essential for the maintaining our high animal welfare standards.”

This initiative is part of the Government’s $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund to support regions, communities and industry sectors that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.