Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell made the announcement on Instagram along with cute pictures of the zoo residents.
Life as we know it has come to a standstill as the Coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc all over the world. While we still maintain social distancing and take proper precautions, it is the need of the hour to flatten the curve so we can get back to our old lives. While Australia still hasn't opened its borders yet, people from within the country can now visit the Australia Zoo starting this Friday (June 12).
Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late wildlife conversationalist Steve Irwin, recently announced that the Australia Zoo is reopening amid the Coronavirus pandemic while taking all the necessary safety precautions. Taking to Instagram, Bindi wrote, "This morning we stood at the front of our home and opened the gates to visitors. I made a radio call to our entire Australia Zoo Crew that we had officially reopened which was one of the best moments of my life. For 78 days we have wondered if and when we would ever open our doors to guests again. The weight of the world seemed to press down on us as we worked hard to figure out how we’d be able to pay our bills."
She continued, "Caring for so many beautiful animals and our amazing team is our biggest priority. Today I cried, a lot, as we welcomed everyone back into our zoological gardens. I cried as I felt the overwhelming joy of reopening and the stress these many weeks have brought. Thank you for your support as we work to create a magical experience for you and a safe space to unwind during these hard times. We’re all in this together."
While we entered a new decade, the journey has been anything but smooth. Bushfires ravaged Australia for four months and took a huge toll on wildlife. According to a report by CNBC, almost half a billion animals lost their lives because of the disaster.
A huge number of volunteers came forward to gather resources and fight the fires, and during the difficult times, Bindi Irwin took to Instagram and let people know that the zoo was safe and no fires were burning in the vicinity. She said, "With so many devastating fires within Australia, my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much."
At that time, the zoo said that they had taken care of over 90,000 animal patients. Bindi continued, "My parents dedicated our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to my beautiful grandmother. We will continue to honor her by being Wildlife Warriors and saving as many lives as we can." Sadly, Bindi also shared that her possum Blossom, who was also a bushfire victim, couldn't be saved.
Drought, heatwaves, and prolonged dry periods mean fires are hotter, more frequent, and can have more devastating consequences.— WWF UK (@wwf_uk) January 3, 2020
#ClimateChange didn’t cause the #AustraliaBushfires – but it is making them worse.https://t.co/5xag5oRna0
Bindi wrote, "We have such an incredible team who work day and night to protect gorgeous animals like Blossom. Devastatingly this beautiful girl didn’t make it even after working so hard to save her life. This is the heart-wrenching truth, every day is a battle to stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Now more than ever we need to work together to make a difference and protect our Mother Earth."
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