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At a recent Town Council meeting – The Mayor Alan Rennles asked Councillors to make a donation to a local zoo and wildlife park. Both attractions are a vital part of our local tourism industry. Due to Covid-19, they have had to close their doors to visitors and they are currently struggling to fund their running costs, feed the animals and support their keepers. 
 
Both are hoping to re-open sometime in July. Despite being given the go ahead to by the Government to re-open from Monday 15th June, each attraction has a large number of processes to put in place to keep visitors safe due to the current virus pandemic. In addition the running costs make it unviable to re-open straight away without the usual number of tourists visiting North Devon 
 
Dawn Gilbert Director Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park says 'we are so grateful to Barnstaple Town Council for making a donation to us. As a closed zoo we still have massive overheads for the care and welfare of our animals and we have been relying totally on the kindness of our local people. Even though we may be allowed to open, it is still going to be difficult to get through this with such a reduction of income. We really appreciate every donation received'. 
 
Lynn Reynolds Director & Commercial Manager Exmoor Zoo says ‘Exmoor zoo is very grateful for the donation from Barnstaple town council towards the upkeep of the animals here during the Covid 19 pandemic. Without these donations the zoo would not have survived until now. 
This money is going 100 % towards the upkeep of the animals here under our care. We would like to assure everyone that they are all getting the best possible care they can whilst under our lockdown. We have had some wonderful births and are looking forward re-opening in the not too distant future to be able to share our successes.’ 
 
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