Suppliers have been providing food for free for three months but have now refused to provide more, he said, pleading with the government for immediate action.
The country – partially invaded by Russia last week – is also on the point of bankruptcy.
A local campaigner for the zoo, Olga Sitkovskaya, said: ‘I spoke to the director and, sorry for this detail, but this clever, strong adult man burst into tears of helplessness.
The city allocates funds needed for maintaining the zoo, but Kiev redirects the money to some of its needs.
‘As a result, the animals in the zoo, are in a catastrophic situation.’
‘Along with the whole country, our zoo is living through difficult and terrifying times,’ said the zoo statement.
‘By Monday, we will have nothing with which to feed the animals.’