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Coronavirus forced to seek guardian for Amur tiger
Due to pandemic, animals from Seaside Safari Park need help
The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic affected various spheres of life and the economy, and even zoos and zoos did not pass by - there are no revenues without visitors, there’s nothing to buy food for. If public institutions receive support, then private ones have to seek help from ordinary citizens. Seaside Safari Park is looking for guardians for its pets. They are needed by birds, small and large predators, even the world famous tiger Amur.
Dmitry Mezentsev Director of Seaside Safari Park
Due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus infection, a self-isolation regime was introduced in the country, and our park was also closed to the public. If earlier we worked and could not only pay for ourselves, but also help others, now hard times have come. As you know, there are no incomes now, but there are enough expenses: you need to feed the animals, they require daily care, the question is paying taxes and wages, paying for electricity. Utility payments, due to the fact that we are in the forest, we have not been canceled.
Most of the employees of the safari park had to be sent home (we not only served the animals, but also engaged in construction in the park). We managed to make food supplies, which will be enough until the end of April. Today, some organizations give us pet products for free. Already in May there are stocks of basic products.
Now we are actively looking for guardians for our animals, this is a very common practice throughout the world - in the same Moscow zoo, almost every animal has its own guardian. To become a guardian, it is necessary to conclude a charitable assistance agreement with the park, according to which the guardian allocates funds for the purchase of animal feed and to maintain the conditions of detention. We conclude with everyone a standard contract for a period of six months. For example, one tiger per day needs about eight to ten kg of meat, and four Amur tigers and four lions, one ligre, live in our park. All these large predators eat very well, so maintaining one pet costs about 40 thousand rubles a month.
In fact, we need a large amount, but we made a small price to make it easier to find guardians. In addition to them, there are other animals: two Far Eastern leopards, a cougar, five lynxes, four red wolves, five Himalayan and two brown bears, foxes, raccoons, badgers, Manchurian deer, wild boars, roe deer, and birds of prey - vultures, white-tailed and steller-legged eagles, eagle owls, owls and all of them, of course, eat meat. So you can imagine the daily costs of them.
Each guardian receives a certificate and a photograph of his pet with a dedicatory inscription, we place the nameplate of the guardian or organization on the aviary, and report on all expenses.
There are already first results - pensioners Yuri Vladimirovich and Irina Vitalyevna Isaevs from Tobolsk paid for the custody of a peregrine falcon for six months. Pensioner Antonina Ososova from Tolyatti is ready to pay for the guardianship of the Daurian crane. The other day they called from the Ministry of Property of Primorsky Krai and were interested in how they could help us. Thanks to the good people! By taking away the latter, they help animals in difficult times, when Safari Park was banned from earning income, sentencing animals to starvation in the future.
I want to appeal to the businessmen of Primorye and to the governor Oleg Kozhemyako, to those who were not forbidden to work, who have income - become the guardian of Amur - the most famous tiger in the world with the legendary fate who glorified Primorye to the whole world. By the way, the Amur tiger is legally the property of the Primorsky Territory, not the Safari Park, just like the tigress Taiga. When the Safari Park received visitors, we helped other organizations: since January 2013, 25 thousand rubles were transferred monthly to the Tiger Rehabilitation Center in the village of Alekseyevka in the Primorsky Territory, 600 thousand rubles were transferred by WWF to the leopard program. For six years, we paid for the removal of household waste from seven garbage containers installed in the village. Shkotovo on Krasnoflotskaya.
Unfortunately, now we live in a different time, we have no income, but expenses remained. The state has not canceled our expenses. Are there businessmen in the Primorsky Territory who can afford to become the guardian of the legendary tiger Amur? Are there entrepreneurs who will be inspired by the example of senior citizens who donate the last pennies to animals? We are infinitely grateful to them!
The cost of custody of animals per month
Amur tiger - 40 thousand rubles
Far Eastern leopard - 17 thousand rubles
European Lynx - 14 thousand rubles
Far Eastern Forest Cat - 5 thousand rubles
African lion - 40 thousand rubles
Liliger - 40 thousand rubles
Canadian Puma - 25 thousand rubles
Brown bear - 25 thousand rubles
Himalayan bear - 22 thousand rubles
Gray Wolf - 16 thousand rubles
Red Wolf - 14 thousand rubles
Fox - 7 thousand rubles
Raccoon dog - 4 thousand rubles
Raccoon - 4 thousand rubles
Otter - 5 thousand rubles
Kharza - 4 thousand rubles
Badger - 4 thousand rubles
Columns - 2 thousand rubles
Mink - 2 thousand rubles
Boar - 7 thousand rubles
Red deer - 7 thousand rubles
Sika deer - 5 thousand rubles
Roe deer - 4 thousand rubles
Musk deer - 5 thousand rubles
Black Vulture - 5 thousand rubles
Steller's sea eagle - 5 thousand rubles
White-tailed eagle - 5 thousand rubles
Eagle Owl - 3 thousand rubles
Peregrine Falcon - 2 thousand rubles
Black stork - 5 thousand rubles
Daurian crane - 3 thousand rubles
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