12 Feb 2024

Animal Feed and Equipment for Kiev Zoo

Animal Feed and Equipment for Kiev Zoo

Director of Kiev Zoo, Kyrylo Trantin, is pleased about the deliveries received.

(eap) The Berlin Zoological Gardens have once again organized an aid delivery for the Kiev Zoo worth more than 72,000 euros and transferred collected donations amounting to 8,000 euros. Two trucks with over 25 tons of dry food for various animal species such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos, birds and a mobile X-ray machine left the zoo grounds for the Ukrainian capital last week. The campaign was supported by Zoo Schönbrunn in Vienna, Alpenzoo Innsbruck and intipa, the zoological gardens’ feed supplier.

“We would like to thank everyone who continues to support us in these difficult times. We receive animals from war zones almost every week – directly from the front – whose condition is often very critical and which we have to rehabilitate as well as possible. The relief supplies and donations are therefore urgently needed,” explains the director of the Kiev Zoo, Kyrylo Trantin. “Especially in winter, it is important to repair destroyed stables with plywood so that the animals are protected from the winter weather as quickly as possible.”

“We feel obliged to support our colleagues at Kiev Zoo in these difficult times,” says Dr. Andreas Knieriem, Director of Zoo and Tierpark Berlin. “We are deeply grateful to our supporters for standing by us for almost two years and enabling us to provide rapid assistance in emergency situations. Every form of support, big or small, makes a significant difference. I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal thanks to all donors,” he adds.

“Within the zoo community, we try to help each other wherever we can. As head of the Technical Assistance Committee of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), it was a matter of the heart for the Alpenzoo to be involved. Thanks to Zoo and Tierpark Berlin for organizing it,” adds Dr. André Stadler, Director of Alpenzoo Innsbruck. “Our commitment to supporting Ukrainian zoos during the winter months is very important to us,” states Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck from Zoo Schönbrunn. “We would like to thank Zoo and Tierpark Berlin for their coordination and our donors for their indispensable support, which is particularly valuable in times of crisis.”

It’s not the first time that goods have been transported to Ukraine from the Berlin Zoological Gardens – seven shipments have already been sent to the zoo in the past two years. Also, Berlin Zoological Gardens continues to call on other institutions, companies and individuals to join them in supporting Kiev Zoo. ■

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