Since word got out last week that the Oakland Zoo could close permanently due to losses taken during the coronavirus pandemic, donations have been pouring in.
However, some of it isn't what the zoo needs.
The animals get really excited when they see people these days because there are so few of them at the zoo, only zookeepers feeding and cleaning even as the facility has been closed for four months.
While they don’t let any of the animals starve, they did have to let go a lot of people that feed them.
"The clock is running," Dr. Parrott explained. "All we’re living on right now is reserves without having any admission and visitors that can help support it. So, that reserve is dropping."
The zoo has lost $2.5 million each month of the closure.