FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2020

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Billy Brennan, 314/646-4633, Brennan@stlzoo.org
Christy Childs, 314/646-4639, Childs@stlzoo.org
Mike De Pope, 314/646-4703, DePope@stlzoo.org

Saint Louis Zoo Reservations Now Available Online

Zoo reopens to public on Saturday, June 13
Free, timed-ticket reservations and masks/face coverings required

The Saint Louis Zoo reopens to the public this Saturday, June 13. All guests must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting the Zoo. Beginning today, June 8, reservations and guest information are available on the Zoo's website.

"It's exciting to welcome our community back to the Zoo after almost three months," said Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President & CEO, Saint Louis Zoo. "Know that we're ready when you're ready. The experience may look and feel just a little different, but our mission remains the same — connecting people to animals and nature. We appreciate everyone's patience and willingness to follow the guidelines created for your health and safety."

As part of its commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, and in an ongoing effort to assist the community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures. The unique characteristics of the Zoo campus and vast outdoor experiences provide the opportunity to implement numerous safety measures.

Highlights of guest information and safety (more details at stlzoo.org):

Limited attendance; reservations required: In order to allow guests to practice good social distancing, the Zoo will limit attendance and require free, timed-ticket reservations in order to enter the Zoo. Reservations are available on the Zoo's website.

Masks/face coverings required: At the direction of the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis, it is mandatory for Zoo staff to wear masks/face coverings and the Zoo will require all guests age 9 and up to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting. Guests with preexisting health conditions unable to wear a mask/face covering for medical reasons are exempt. Guests are allowed to remove or lower their masks/face coverings only while eating or drinking at a physical distance of 6 feet or more from other parties.

Enhanced sanitation: Some examples of enhanced sanitation protocols include offering additional hand sanitizing opportunities, cleaning restrooms and table surfaces frequently, blocking off frequently touched items like map dispensers.

Cashless campus: The Zoo will accept credit cards/cashless transactions only.

Food, beverage, retail: Most food and beverage locations and gift shops are open and operating at limited capacity and with modified service.

Animals and Zoo experiences: The majority of animal areas and Zoo experiences are available with modified service and safety protocols. Some experiences are temporarily closed for guest health and safety. All attractions, restaurants, shops and animal buildings are subject to closure without advance notice. The Zoo will continue to evaluate the operation of all these experiences as time continues.

Extended summer hours: The Zoo is open daily to guests with timed-ticket reservations starting June 13 with extended summer hours through Aug. 15 for Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends. Zoo hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Zoo will continue to #BringTheStlZooToYou on  social media and the blog. The Zoo's Education Department also will continue to provide virtual conservation learning opportunities.

About the Saint Louis Zoo
Home to over 13,000 animals representing 555 species, the Saint Louis Zoo is recognized worldwide for its innovative approaches to animal care and management, wildlife conservation, research, and education. One of the few free zoos in the nation, the Saint Louis Zoo attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually and is the most-visited attraction in the region. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Saint Louis Zoo is part of an elite group of institutions that meet the highest standards in animal care as well as provide fun, safe and educational family experiences. The Saint Louis Zoo and the other AZA-accredited institutions collectively dedicate millions of dollars annually to support scientific research, conservation and education programs. For more information, visit stlzoo.org.

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