PITTSBURGH ZOO TO FURLOUGH EMPLOYEES DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
(Pittsburgh) (April 6, 2020)—It is with heavy hearts that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is announcing they will temporarily furlough employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was an incredibly painful and challenging decision,” says Dr. Barbara Baker, President & CEO of the Zoo. “Every effort was made and avenue explored in an attempt to avoid this reduction. However, given the uncertainty of the current situation, we felt there was no other viable option.”
During this time dedicated veterinarians and staff will continue to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for the animals on site, while maintaining proper safety protocol and social distancing. This measure will effect approximately one-third of the Zoo’s 140 full-time staff. In addition, executive staff will continue their efforts without pay.
Many continue to ask how they can assist during this time. Here’s how you can help:
- Renew or purchase a Membership
- Purchase a gift certificate for a friend or family member
- Participate in programs like the Adopt-an-Animal program
- Visit the Zoo as soon we reopen to the public
- Donate to the Zoo’s Emergency Operating Fund online or send a check made payable to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium at One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will continue to monitor any new developments and re-evaluate next steps, following the guidance and directives as provided by public health officials and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office.
PR Zoo Contact:
Brittany Balandis, Director of Marketing