The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for wreaking havoc on everyone's lives in more ways than one.

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Not only is the pandemic obviously responsible for a significant downturn in the country's health and well-being, it's also responsible for so many financial woes many individuals and businesses are currently experiencing. The numbers are coming in that show not only how small businesses have been affected by the coronavirus, but also non-profits.

Zoos are not immune to the financial struggles brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic. While not all zoos are non-profit based, the Cape May County Park and Zoo is. Their livelihood is based mainly on the donations from visitors throughout the year. reports that while daytrips to the zoo might not have been what they were in the past, there were still many who took advantage of a great family day outdoors spent learning about all the different animals housed there.

With that being said, it doesn't seem like a lack of funds would even be a problem, right? If people are still heading out to the zoo, why aren't the donations there? Well, therein lies the problem. The Cape May Zoo doesn't charge an entrance fee; a fact that's particularly remarkable considering the zoo was just voted into the list of top 10 zoos in the country. The park only asks for a donation when families choose to visit. People are still visiting, but with families' pockets much barer than usual, people aren't able to donate the amount they normally would.

New attempts have been made to fundraise for the new year, so hopefully they'll gather enough to maintain the animals' health and well-being. If you're looking for a fun outdoor activity to enjoy with your family, don't forget the zoo. No doubt, they'll welcome you with open arms.


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