BROWNSVILLE, Texas – With over 1,500 animals to feed, the Gladys Porter Zoo is taking a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The non-profit is relying on emergency funds, and they’re quickly running out of options.
That is why they are now turning to GoFundMe for public donations.
The zoo is asking for $32,190 to cover food for the next 30 days.
“That does not include the employee cost. That is straight-up food money,” says Gladys Porter Zoo spokesperson, Cynthia Galvan. “We’re using our emergency fund right now because no revenue is coming in.”
The zoo has had to restructure its operations to save on costs.
Staff at concessions, front gates have been laid off while salaried employees have committed to donating 25 percent of their paycheck to keep the zoo running.
Despite those efforts, staff are unsure how long the funds will last through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“If it looks like we’re going to continue into May, then we’ll launch another campaign through another month,” says Galvan.
The zoo staff is optimistic about community support. In less than a day, they have gathered over half of their intended goal.
If you would like to support the zoo through GoFundMe click here.
Other ways you can donate to the nonprofit include becoming a paid member or choosing the Valley Zoological Society through Amazon Smile.