Bandung Zoo in Indonesian has cried out over the damaging effect of coronavirus prompted lockdown, saying it may have to resort to slaughtering some of its animals to feed others, according to a Reuters report.
The Bandung Zoo, which usually generates about 1.2 billion rupiah ($81,700: £67,000) a month from visitors who flock in to see animals, but was shut down on 23 March due to coronavirus.
The Zoo now solely rely on donations to keep its animals alive but says it is contemplating a “worst-case” scenario so the animals will have to feed.
A spokesperson for the Zoo detailed that it needed more than 400kg of fruit per day and 120kg of meat every other day to feed its 85 animals, and had already started cutting down the portions.
“We have around 30 dotted deer, and we have identified the old and unproductive ones to be slaughtered to save the carnivores, such as the Sumatran tiger and Javan leopard,” said Sulhan Syafi’i.
Syafi’i said the animals were getting enough food but noticing the decrease.
“The food is finished, but they still want to eat,” said orangutan keeper Saepudin, who said the primates could go into a rage and throw the things.