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Petness Responds to a Cry for Help

Our friend and Petness writer Rui Alves 🇺🇦 asked for some help in spreading the word about suffering zoo animals in the Ukraine. Here is what he says:

Mykolaiv Zoo Animals Need Your Help

Director explains how buying e-tickets helps support the zoo

Photo by MARIOLA GROBELSKA on Unsplash

From the very beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, the Mykolaiv Zoo (Nikolaev zoo) was under heavy shelling and was closed to visitors on February 25 because of the war.

The Director Volodymyr Topchyi decided to stay and to help stressed animals. He is now reaching out on social media, asking the world for support by buying e-tickets to help feed its animals.

There’s also an account number available on the zoo’s official Facebook page.

Source: Volodymyr Topchyi on Facebook

According to the Director, half of the staff was evacuated, and some went to war.

“Dear colleagues, friends The Nikolaev Zoo operates in wartime mode. Every day we go to work, feed and clean the animals despite the howl of the air raid siren. Seven of our employees went to the front to fight the invaders. If you want to help the zoo financially, we publish the updated company details for providing assistance in dollars and euros. Thank you for support! Thank you for being with us!” — Volodymyr Topchyi on Facebook

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums has since reached out to support zoos in Ukraine. Organizations and people worldwide are buying tickets here to help the zoo. The information comes from the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Twitter and then shared by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Facebook.

On March 17, the Mykolaiv Zoo received a sizeable amount of humanitarian aid (one ton) from zoos in Europe, namely, the Prague Zoo, the Warsaw Zoo, the Berlin Zoo, the Panda Foundation, the Czech-Slovak Zoo Association, the Lodz Zoo, etc.

“The total cargo amounted to more than a ton. These are dry food for different groups of animals and veterinary drugs donated by the Tallinn Zoo. Thanks to the management of the Tallinn Zoo and the veterinarian of the Tallinn Zoo Alex Semenov. And this is only the first load. Our gratitude to these people is immeasurable.” — Volodymyr Topchyi on Facebook

Source: Volodymyr Topchyi on Facebook

Final Thoughts

Stand with the Ukrainian people and their beloved animals. Your support is highly appreciated.

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