Zoo has plans in place to care for an­i­mals

Pretoria News - - METRO - CHELSEA NTULI chelsea.ntuli@inl.co.za

ALL an­i­mals at the Na­tional Zo­o­log­i­cal Gar­dens of South Africa would be looked af­ter dur­ing the lock­down, and some staff would be on hand to make sure they were fed.

South African Na­tional Bio­di­ver­sity In­sti­tute act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Carmel Mbizvo said the zoo was a unique en­vi­ron­ment that re­quired spe­cial plan­ning as there were some stud­ies that in­di­cated that Covid-19 may be zoonotic (a dis­ease that could be trans­mit­ted from an­i­mals to man), Mbizvo said.

The in­sti­tute’s spokesper­son, Craig Al­lenby, said they would see if staff mem­bers could use the com­pany cars to travel to work. If that was not pos­si­ble, they would be provided with ac­com­mo­da­tion within the fa­cil­ity.

“This is just to make sure that the an­i­mals are well fed and that the en­clo­sures are kept clean as well. There will be staff on standby at the zoo and the botan­i­cal gar­dens,” he said.

Most mu­se­ums na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally have by now closed their doors to the pub­lic.

In the city, the Pre­to­ria Art Mu­seum, Mel­rose House Mu­seum and Fort Klap­perkop Her­itage Site have been closed .

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