KC Zoo announces COVID-19 policy

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Posted by Bob Evans

Coronavirus Updates

 

Updated March 14, 2020

The Kansas City Zoo’s top priority is the safety of our guests, staff, and animals. At this time, the Zoo is open but we are taking extra precautions to ensure the health and well-being of all. We will continue to update this website as any additional changes are made.

What is Kansas City Zoo doing?

In light of COVID-19, we have increased our cleaning and disinfecting practices, paying special attention to restrooms, surfaces and high touch points. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are readily available around Zoo grounds. We have also posted hand-washing reminders in restrooms, and we encourage all guests to make use of these resources.

Is Kansas City Zoo open?

Kansas City Zoo is currently operating normal business hours. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and public health advisories and are monitoring advisories from the World Health Organization and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Is Kansas City  Zoo canceling camps and educational programs?

Our educational programs will continue as scheduled. We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting practices in the spaces used for these programs, so parents can be assured we are taking the utmost care with the health of their children.

What about other Zoo events?

We have canceled this weekend’s animal parade, leprechaun meet and greet, and Irish dancers in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. However, animals will still receive St. Patrick’s themed enrichment items. As of now, all other future events will go on as planned, but we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

The Wings of Wonder and Amazing Animal Ambassador shows are being temporary suspended and instead we will host an animal meet-and-greet with the stars of those shows in an open area. All other shows and chats will continue as normally scheduled.

Can the animals be impacted by COVID 19?

Our animals are healthy and doing well, and our veterinary staff are continually monitoring them. It’s important to know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not received any reports of wildlife or animals in human care becoming sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that there is currently no evidence to indicate that pets or animals can become infected. We remain in constant touch with our state, national and international veterinary networks to monitor updates.

Should guests wear medical masks if they visit the Zoo?

The CDC is currently only recommending wearing a mask if you are sick. However, we will permit Zoo guests to wear masks if they choose to wear them.

Where should I go for information on COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best resource for useful, factual and up-to-date information on the virus. For more information, please click the link below.

CDC Website

 




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