Tasmanian zoos have confirmed they are experiencing major issues in regards to the importation and exportation of animals during the pandemic.
Tasmania Zoo owner Rochelle Penney said the restrictions not only impact the zoo and the community but the chance of species survival and recovery.
“It’s not just the impact on the ground here at the zoo, it’s much bigger than that,” she said.
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Ms Penney said the whole process of importation and exportation was currently affected.
However, the devil breeding program at Tasmania Zoo was still able to go ahead. Ms Penney said it was a successful year and they hoped people would be able to see some baby devils when the zoo reopened.
Tasmania Zoo is hoping to reopen at the end of September or early October, with something special in the works for when they open their doors.
“I think everyone will be excited, supportive, and hopefully come and see some new animals,” Ms Penney said.
Zoodoo guest relations leader Reyne Boxhall said all animal imports and exports stopped as soon as the pandemic hit, which was stressful for the animals that were already prepared for shipping.
“To be fully crated up ready to go, then put back in the enclosure, then re-crated and driven a few hours to another location is not ideal for the welfare of the animal,” she said.
Zoodoo will reopen for the September school holidays.