UPDATE (April 10): South Africa lockdown has now been extended through the end of April.
Last night (23 March 2020), in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 3-week shut down in the country, from Thursday 26th March. All South Africans must stay at home – with exemptions for health and other essential workers. People will only be able to leave their homes to buy food, visit the pharmacy, seek medical care or to collect a social grant. All businesses will close, except for medical facilities pharmacies, laboratories, petrol stations and food stores. The shutdown is expected to be enforced by police and the military. South Africa has a young population but millions are vulnerable due to long-term disease, malnutrition and the healthcare system suffers an acute lack of resources.
The ADI Wildlife Sanctuary is going into isolation, the team will be living on site and social distancing is being maintained as they work, including feeding and medicating animals. Our workers who live locally have moved out of their family homes and into the sanctuary. Hand sanitizing, wearing gloves and disinfecting our equipment and vehicle are in place. Our armed security patrols and other security measures are being maintained. We are unable to accept any volunteers or interns until further notice.
We are doing everything in our power to ensure we have food and essential medicines for the animals.
YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE LIONS AND TIGERS IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL AT THIS TIME. Any contribution will help us through this serious crisis.
We appreciate the difficulties our supporters who fund this work are facing worldwide, and it is already causing a massive drop in donations to ADI, so we ask if you are able – please support our emergency appeal.
Thank you for your support. Stay safe and take care. We will be working around the clock to ensure that animals like Moon (pictured) remain safe throughout this global crisis.