Zoo has plans in place to care for animals
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 .