Nicaragua National Zoo director Marina Argüello has asked the private sector for support in the care and feeding of 1,250 animals of 75 species that it shelters at its rescue center.

The zoo works with an annual budget from the government of 4 million cordobas (about $176,289) but needs at least 10 million cordobas (about $440,722) to adequately maintain the center, Argüello told Efe.

Significant sponsorship from the private sector is therefore needed by the National Zoo, which has a rescue center that nurtures species seized from outlaw animal traffickers, the zoo director said.

The National Zoo, located 16 kilometers (10 miles) southeast of Managua, receives a yearly average of 1,000 creatures of different classifications including birds, mammals and reptiles.

The rescue center looks after some 1,250 animals in captivity made up of about 750 birds, 250 reptiles and 150 mammals.

Among the species are lions, lizards, Bengal tigers, pumas, ostriches and jaguars, Argüello said.

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