After Chester Zoo recently announced the struggle to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, frozen food store, Iceland, has adopted all of the zoo’s Humboldt penguins in a bid to help.
This is part of the #SaveOurZoo campaign started after the UK’s largest charity zoo revealed it had been told to remain closed ‘indefinitely’ while the UK slowly recovers from the Covid-19 outbreak.
The frozen food retailer has also agreed to lobby the UK government on the zoo’s behalf, encouraging current legislation to be amended to allow zoos to open with strict social distancing guidance in place,
Chester Zoo staff said that although they’ve ‘tried to stay positive during this pandemic’ and become a ‘beacon of hope’ for recovery, they needed to raise £1.6m per month just to get by.
They’ve since raised £2.3m in just a few days, but further support has arrived from the frozen food specialists over at Iceland.
“The zoo has over 35,000 threatened and critically endangered animals but may have to close its doors for good due to Covid-19 law.”
Shoppers have already praised the gesture, with many thanking Iceland for its generosity.
Much like many of Chester Zoo’s 500+ species, the Humboldt penguin is an endangered species and Iceland hope that their donation will help the zoo can keep running and working hard to give these animals the best lives possible.
In fact, the penguins living there recently gave birth to a new bunch of chicks, who have all been named after NHS hospitals in honour of the key workers fighting the good fight out there.
Iceland’s Managing Director Richard Walker said: “We were all saddened to hear of Chester Zoo’s recent struggles – it’s the heart of the local community in Chester and a much loved family favourite.
“I remember visiting the zoo as a child and my own kids love going there.
“We’re proud to be able to lend them our support both through the adoption of the Humboldt penguins on behalf of our colleagues, and by lobbying in support of zoos being allowed to reopen soon.
“The conservation work undertaken by the Zoo is vital and along with the park itself reopening it is incredibly important that this amazing work is able to continue.”
Watch the video below to see these adorable penguin chicks start their toddler training.