Zoos find it hard to survive without animal performances
People have agreed with the government decision to increase the security and protection of animals in state owned and private owned zoos. This decision have workers worried about the zoos survival.
The Ministry of housing and Urban-Rural Development have imposed a three months banned on animal performances after a gardener working at the Shenzhen Safari Park was mauled to death by tigers. Several state owned zoos. Operating costs solely depends on government financial support which has been insufficient for some time now. Without income from the animal performances the zoos may not have enough money to pay the salaries of the staff that are taking care of the animals.
If animal performances will be banned, zoos will have a hard time surviving unless the government increases its financial support or adjust preferential policies. Not like state owned zoos, private zoos income depends entirely on animal performances. 30 safari parks have opened nationwide since the Shenzhen safari park opened in 1993, but some were closed down due to bankruptcy. Shenzhen Safari Park is the first animal park that combine the function of a zoo, botanical garden, and sightseeing attraction boasting a wide number of animals from different parts of the world.
Animal performances have been always the main attrations in safari parks and these dictates the number of visitors that come into the park.