Our new world is wrought with uncertainty. Even outside of the public health consequences, there are huge societal shifts in motion and the natural order of things has been turned upside down. And that means people are left trying to pick up the pieces as best they can. For one zoo in the U.K., that involves zookeepers…moving into the zoo.
That’s right, some isolation situations are completely wild. You may be stuck inside a tiny 2-bedroom home, while others get to spend the next few months surrounded by space and exotic animals.
With Paradise Park temporarily closed, three zookeepers, Izzy, Emily, and Sarah-Jane volunteered to move into the zoo to help take care of the animals. They’re planning to be there for three months. Who knows how different their lives will be after three months of living among animals. They may choose to never come back.
The zookeepers decided to leave behind their families and outside lives to make sure there was always someone there to care for the animals. The zoo normally has high attendance during this time, so they’re also trying to raise funds to help pay for the animal’s upkeep.
Isolation looks different for people around the globe, but it’s not usually the first instinct for people to think “I know, I’ll go live at my job for three months!” With dedicated caretakers like that, at least the animals will get the best possible care.