Zookeepers Move Into Wildlife Park To Self-Isolate With The Animals

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The zookeepers in Cornwall are obviously dedicated to their work. So much so that they decided to move into the wildlife sanctuary for 12 weeks so they can self-isolate while still caring for the animals.

You will find all kinds of animals at Paradise Park in Hayle. Not only do they have penguins, parrots, flamingos, and red pandas, they are now also home to Emily, Izzy, and Sarah-Jane. Those staff members decided they would temporarily leave their families to stay with the animals while they self-isolate.

They are staying in isolation at the wildlife park to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The wildlife park had already closed to the public last weekend and the staff moved in to look after the 1,200 birds and mammals that call the park home.

The penguins miss you all already!To keep the penguins in their routines, the keepers are still doing Penguin feeding…

Posted by Paradise Park on Saturday, March 21, 2020

If you are concerned about them living out on the rocks with the penguins, you don’t need to worry about it. They have a house at the family-run operation so they can use it as their base location.

They wrote an announcement about the new arrivals on Facebook, saying:

“As we reach the point when the Park temporarily closes, everything is in place to ensure the birds and animals will be fed and cared for and have enriching opportunities every day.

Three of our Keepers Izzy, Emily and Sarah-Jane have volunteered to move in at the Park for which we are very grateful. They are leaving their families, some of whom are following 12 week self-isolation periods. They will be supported by other Keepers on a daily basis, observing all the relevant guidelines.”

As we reach the point when the Park temporarily closes, everything is in place to ensure the birds and animals will be…

Posted by Paradise Park on Friday, March 20, 2020

Even though the keepers are leaving their families for three months, they have been plenty busy with their new companions and routine to keep them from getting homesick.

This is the first time that the wildlife park had closed down to the public, aside from Christmas and some snow days. Word has not yet come out as to when they will reopen.

Alison hales is the director at Paradise Park and she wrote on Facebook, saying:

“The unknown is very worrying. Spring is usually a hopeful time where we get an influx of visitors and we can breathe a sigh of relief.

Hello everyone,Spring is usually a hopeful time where we get an influx of visitors and we can breathe a sigh of…

Posted by Paradise Park on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It is now as if the rug has been pulled. I’m sure we will be ok. We are relying on the birds to show us the way. We will come out the other end.”

In order to help Paradise Park pay for vet bills and animal food while visitors are not providing income, a GoFundMe account has been established.

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