BBC documentary Zoo Mum takes viewers inside the walls of Colchester Zoo and follows curator Sarah Forsyth who spent lockdown caring for the animals. With four out of five staff furloughed, Sarah and the remaining keepers had a tough job on their hands. However, after eventually opening up to the public again, Sarah revealed her fears for the future of the zoo.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Sarah revealed why lockdown was tough.
Sarah began: “We were emotional because obviously from a personal point of view I'm not from Colchester so all of my family and close friends live elsewhere so I was completely isolated from those.
“And then from the disease point of view, there was that kind of worry.
“But also it was dealing with having to furlough staff and those staff not wanting to be on furlough because they love their animals and they want to work, they miss them.”
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Zoo Mum: Sarah has spoken out on the future of the zoo (Image: BBC)
Zoo Mum: Sarah was on-hand through lockdown (Image: BBC)
“Then it was the worry of staff down the line and are we going to get enough food to feed the animals is that then going to become a problem,” she continued.
“But then again we were incredibly lucky because we had these cheetah cubs born and it was amazing.
“I think when we opened, it was an incredibly emotional day and the visitors were emotional because they were so pleased that we were open and for the staff, it was just such a relief.”
Sarah explained her fears for the future of Colchester Zoo if “normality” isn’t resumed at