‘It’s been a rollercoaster’: zoos in England relieved to be reopening

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Safari parks and zoos had been facing closure amid Covid-19 crisis until government lifeline

At the sight of new people, Tom, Tayo and Tico the giraffes are more curious than usual, coming straight over to peer down at new faces. Over in the cheetah enclosure, the welcome is more hostile, with one of the three brothers baring his teeth at sudden arrivals.

The animals of the Wild Place Project, owned by Bristol Zoological Society, are used to up to 3,500 people a day pouring through the gates, but since lockdown they have become accustomed to the solitude. 

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