It's gates may have shut thanks to coronavirus but life goes on for the dedicated staff caring for 18,000 animals at ZSL London Zoo.

As our pictures show, zookeepers are still making food for the giraffes, caring for the meerkats and cleaning out Penguin Beach, as well as their many other duties.

But it’s all done at a safe distance of two metres apart. Just like many other attractions and businesses, the zoo has hit hard by the outbreak.

And now, the nearly 200-year-old charity behind it has launched an appeal to the public to help cover costs.

“We began making plans in anticipation of having to do the previously unthinkable – close ZSL London Zoo to the public,” said Kathryn England, its chief operating officer.

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“A core team of zookeepers, vets, security and grounds staff have stayed on site.

“They are making each day as normal as possible for our much-loved residents, many of whom are endangered species and part of important global breeding programmes.”

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The zoo closed last Saturday and has offered its car park to NHS key workers.

Food from its restaurant has been sent to nearby hospitals.

To find out more about the appeal or make a donation, visit zsl.org/support-our-zoos.

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