“Attis zoo” in Amsterdam is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos in Europe. Affected by the epidemic, the zoo has been unable to make ends meet since last year.
On the 28th local time, the Attis zoo announced that due to financial pressure, it has decided to send the three lions away. It is uncertain when they will be brought back.
The general manager of Attis zoo said that the daily fixed cost of the zoo is about 60000 euros (about 500000 yuan). So far, the cumulative budget gap of the zoo has reached 20 million euros (about 160 million yuan). Since 2020, the number of visitors to the zoo has halved, and it is still completely closed. At the beginning of the outbreak, the zoo was supported by savings, but now it has to reduce all costs. The “lion mountain” of the Attis zoo was founded in 1927. It has been nearly 100 years. It was planned to spend 4 million euros to rebuild it. But now it is not only unable to rebuild it, but even decided to send the lion away in order to reduce the expenditure. Rembrandt, general manager of Netherlands ATIS Zoo: we originally planned to rebuild lion mountain this year. After a period of reconstruction, we found that we can’t afford it at all. Not only now, but also I don’t know when we can afford it.
Rembrandt said the three lions will be sent to a French zoo in the middle of next month. It is reported that an adult lion eats 10 to 16 Jin of meat a day, and the cost is about 130 to 250 yuan. According to Dutch media reports, the zoo industry has sounded the alarm. The Dutch zoo Association said that 27 of the country’s more than 30 zoos are facing financial crisis.