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Zookeepers in Cornwall move into wildlife sanctuary for 12 weeks

Zookeepers at Paradise Park in Cornwall are moving into the sanctuary for up to 12 weeks. Credit: Paradise Park

Zookeepers at a wildlife sanctuary in Cornwall have moved into the grounds to live in self-isolation for three months so that they can look after the animals.

Four staff members at Paradise Park in Hayle decided to move away from their families so they could care for the animals safely.

The family-run business which opened its doors in 1973 has a house on site which will be used to home Sarah-Jane, Izzy, Rachel and Emily - all keepers at the wildlife park.

We are being supported by other keepers who are coming in at different times of day so they can keep separate, and obviously we are keeping our distance from them.

– Izzy, zookeeper
The park officially closed to the public last week. Credit: Paradise Park

There are nearly 1,200 birds and mammals to look after, including penguins, parrots and flamingos.

The park closed its doors to the public last weekend following the guidance from the government.

It is not known when they will reopen.

With the exception of Christmas Day and a few snow days, this is the first time they have closed to the public.

Keeper Izzy with her supplies. Credit: Paradise Park

The unknown is very worrying. Spring is usually a hopeful time where we get an influx of visitors and we can breathe a sigh of relief.

It is now as if the rug has been pulled. I’m sure we will be ok. We are relying on the birds to show us the way. We will come out the other end.

– Alison Hales, Director at Paradise Park

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help pay to feed the animals and go towards vet bills.

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