Estonian company Krah Pipes supports tiger Pootsman during the COVID-19 crisis in Italy
Krah Pipes, the sponsor of Tallinn Zoo’s Amur tiger Pootsman, made a donation of 7,200 euros to Parco Natura Viva zoo in Italy. This will help to contribute to the maintenance costs of Pootsman and Parco Natura Viva, which due to the current COVID-19 crisis is experiencing financial difficulties.
The Amur tiger Pootsman is at the Parco Natura Viva zoo as part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Itay, the zoo has been closed to the public and has, therefore, lost its only financial support – revenue from zoo visitors. Pootsman’s sponsor Krah Pipes agreed with the Tallinn Zoo’s proposal to donate their subsidy for the last two years to a struggling Italian zoo. The transfer of the 7,200-euro donation made by the Tallinn Zoo Friends’ Society will help Parco Natura Viva to survive the difficult times and ensure Pootsman’s well-being.
According to Alar Lõhmus, Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the Tallinn Zoo Society, it is important to support those of us who are abroad during those critical times like this. “Pootsman is undeniably our man. So we are trying to help him in Italy and hope that he will return home as soon as possible,” said Lõhmus.
Krah Pipes has been Pootsman’s sponsor since 2013. According to CEO Peeter Kirtsi, the company will continue to support the tiger during his world trip. “Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Italy, the situation of Parco Natura Viva and therefore also for Pootsman is not the best at the moment. When the director of Tallinn Zoo proposed us to use our subsidy to improve his situation abroad, we considered it to be fully justified,” stated Kirtsi.
Tiit Maran, the Director of Tallinn Zoo, admits that while zoos all over Europe are currently facing difficulties, the situation in Italy is truly critical. “Supporting each other in the current crisis is a testament to the fact that the European zoo community is working towards common goals even in this situation. Pootsman, who is important in the EEP tiger breeding program, is also significant for the Tallinn Zoo and Estonia. We really want him to return home from his travels, once our new tiger valley has been built,” said Maran.
Despite the difficult times, the tigers in Parco Natura Viva seem to do well. “The male is very interested in the female. He constantly looks after her, although she has a harsh character at times. I’ve noticed in recent days that both specimens are getting used to visitors’ absence and they mated. We reassure that the care of all our wild animals is guaranteed even if the zoo is currently closed to the public,” confirmed Cesare Avesani Zaborra, the director of Parco Natura Viva, in his statement to Tallinn Zoo.