Zookeepers Dedicate Next Three Months To Self-Isolate With Their Animals

So many of us have turned to work from home now that we’re being asked to quarantine. However, some businesses aren’t able to just take their work home. Many businesses have been hit hard, but not everyone can just board up their doors until we’re in the clear.

While many zoos have closed their doors to visitors, there is still a need for their zookeepers to show up to work to keep all of their animals happy and healthy. One UK zoo had a couple of keepers decide to leave their homes to look after the animals full-time.

Paradise Park Is Home To Four Very Dedicated Zookeepers

three zookeepers having fun at paradise park
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park

As businesses began to close its doors to customers, Paradise Park made the call to close to the public in order to make sure everyone, both people and their animals, remain healthy. The zoo would still need workers to come in regularly, and four keepers, Izzy, Layla, Emily, and Sarah-Jane, decided to spend the next 12 weeks isolated with all of their animals.

This Was A Necessary Precaution

zookeeper at paradise park feeding the red panda
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park

The four zookeepers all made the choice to stay onsite for a number of reasons. Some keepers had family members who could be vulnerable to getting sick, and in the worst-case scenario, they might have to keep all zookeepers isolated. At least these four zookeepers could maintain the routines that their animal friends were so accustomed to.

Some Shows Have Gone Virtual

izzy the zookeeper feeding the penguins
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park
Photo Credit: Facebook / Paradise Park

The penguins have taken on a new role as virtual stars thanks to a twice-daily feeding that is captured over webcam. Still, the zoo relies on visitors to make money, so the staff members launched a GoFundMe to help cover all the costs of their animals. It will no doubt be a tough time keeping everyone safe, but it’s inspiring to see these zookeepers putting these animals first.