India’s largest crocodile park strapped for cash after virus lockdowns

Zookeepers feed crocodiles in their enclosure at the Madras Crocodile Bank in Mahabalipuram, India [Reuters]

India’s Madras Crocodile Bank may have as little as four months before it runs out of funds to feed animals, pay staff, and do research, as ticket revenue shrinks as lockdowns reduced visitors, park officials said.

Annual sales of about 5 million tickets make up roughly half the park’s revenue, but it has been shut since March 16 with no prospect of reopening in sight.

The lockdowns during the summer vacation season have cost an estimated 14 million rupees ($187,000) as visitors dropped by almost 2.5 million, Allwin Jesudasan, director of the park, told the Reuters news agency.



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