Hard-hit by pandemic, zoos offer 'adoptions' to lock in extra cash

Anyone looking for a gift that won’t be forgotten anytime soon should try a fat sand rat – or splurge on a reindeer. Germany’s Hanover Zoo is offering the mammals for adoption for prices as low as 15 euros (18 dollars). A black-and white spotted domino cockroach costs just 10 euros, while a stately reindeer is 50 euros. The zoo has introduced the adoptions – enabling interested visitors to become godparents to animals – as a way to connect with people despite the enforced closures under the current health regulations. “Demand is rising right now, which we’re really very thankful for,” says Jul…

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