Reid Park Zoo Announces Temporary Closing in Response to COVID-19 Precautions
The health and well-being of our guests, our staff, and the animals in our care is at the heart of our mission at Reid Park Zoo. As a 24-acre outdoor facility and community resource, The Zoo has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19/Coronavirus and in the past several weeks has enacted enhanced sanitation and operational precautions as added safety measures.
In consultation with City of Tucson officials and following the lead of state and local health officials, Reid Park Zoo has made the decision to temporarily close to the public until further notice to further support community efforts to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. We are also closing our Asian Lantern Festival and have postponed other scheduled events through April 2020 as listed on our website.
Zoo operations staff including animal care teams will continue working as scheduled to provide vital care to our animals. At this time, the Zoo is well-stocked on supplies of essential food and medical supplies for the animals, a move it made several weeks ago in preparation for potential closure. During the closure, the Zoo will continue increased cleaning and sanitation measures for all offices, visitor, and animal areas as well as disease avoidance protocol with all staff who are working.
“We know that our Tucson-area community relies on the Zoo and we hear time and again of the calming effect that connecting with animals brings,” says Reid Park Zoological Society President and CEO Nancy Kluge. “As we continue to put the safety of our Zoo family and community first, we feel that closing is the right thing to do at this unprecedented time.”
“We know that families spending more time at home may be looking for fun and educational ways to stay connected to the Zoo. As a community service, we are bringing the Zoo to the community, increasing stories and behind the scenes features at our “virtual zoo” on our social media and our website at reidparkzoo.org so the public can follow how the animals continue to be cared for at this time. Reid Park Zoo is grateful for the support of the community, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back once this crisis is over.”