World's Oldest Zoo Need Help To Cover $94K Monthly Food Bill.mp4

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The world’s oldest zoo has asked for donations to help cover its animals’ huge food bill, which is estimated at $94,000 per month, according to Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck, the zoo's director.

Tiergarten Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, shared images of the behind-the-scenes stock tallied at a major zoo. It noted that food costs can be as high as $3,400 a day.

On Dec. 27, the zoo issued a statement that said the purchase of 308 tons of hay and 27 tons of meat are “just two examples of the considerable amounts of food the Schoenbrunn Zoo residents have eaten this year.”

Hering-Hagenbeck said: “Our range of feed is as diverse as our livestock. It ranges from meat for the lynxes to eucalyptus for the koalas and leaves for the colobus monkeys.”

Around 33 tons of fish sustainably fished in the North Sea are eaten by the penguins, seals and pelicans, as well as regional freshwater fish from a pond in Laxenburg, Austria, about 12 miles south of Vienna, according to the zoo.

Conversely, the meerkats and pygmy marmosets feast on insects. This year, the zoo said it fed 7,000 pounds of house crickets, mealworms and large black beetle larvae from its in-house insect breeding facility.

The amount of food is as large and varied as the zoo's inhabitants.

Vienna, Austria
Dec. 27, 2021
Source: Schönbrunn Zoo

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