LOS ANGELES ZOO IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 19, 2020

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April 5, 2020

The Los Angeles Zoo became aware today that a tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness. As a fellow member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), our thoughts are with the Bronx Zoo as they care for their felines that have been impacted and bring them to a full recovery.

Upon hearing this news, the L.A. Zoo immediately set protocols in place for every cat species in our care, initiating the use of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves and social distancing with these animals. The L.A. Zoo already practices these safety measures with our primate, binturong, and mustelid species. The L.A. Zoo will not be testing any of our felid, primate, binturong, or mustelid species at this time because none of them are showing any COVID-19 related symptoms. In addition, the USDA is not recommending routine testing of animals for this virus. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals out of an abundance of caution. The decision to test any of our animals will be made collaboratively between local, state, or federal public and animal health officials and the Zoo’s animal health experts.

The health and safety of the Zoo’s animals is our top priority. Our animal health experts on staff are in communication with public health officials, along with local, national, and international veterinary networks, to stay up-to-date on animals in human care and any potential risks.

For more information please visit the USDA website.


March 20, 2020

A message from Denise Verret, CEO and Zoo Director

It’s been a week since we made the decision to close the Zoo, in order to protect our staff and our community. Yesterday, new Safer at Home orders were issued, extending our closure through April 19 which is a responsible decision aimed at flattening the curve as soon as possible. Spring is always an exciting time here at the L.A Zoo: We have new babies, the weather is generally beautiful, and people want to spend time outdoors. Our spring programming would normally just be getting underway. But we are 100% committed to stemming the spread of COVID-19. Since we can’t welcome guests through our gates, we are working to bring the Zoo to you and your family through social media and the Zoo’s website. We hope you find this content enriching to the mind and soul during this time of adjustment to our way of life as Angelenos.

During uncertain times, we draw strength from our families, friends, and communities. As a visitor, member, or animal lover, you are part of our extended L.A. Zoo family, and we are extraordinarily grateful for your support.

Please stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to welcoming you back again as soon as we can responsibly do so.

– Denise Verret


March 12, 2020 – As of March 13, the Los Angeles Zoo will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020 to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Zoo employees will continue to report to work as normal, in order to care for our animals and facility.

The safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are our top priority. We are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and continually evaluating information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

ANIMAL CARE

We know you love animals as much as we do, and we want to reassure you that our animal care staff will continue to provide the same high-level of care for our animals at the L.A. Zoo. Our animal health experts on staff are in communication with public health officials, along with local and national veterinary networks, to stay up-to-date on animals in human care and any potential risks. Deliveries and the procurement of food for the animals continues at normal levels.

STAY CONNECTED

We will miss seeing you at the Zoo, but we promise to keep you connected to our beloved animals while we’re closed. Please follow the L.A. Zoo on social media for regular posts and updates, as well as some peaceful videos of our animals.

L.A. ZOO EVENT UPDATES

The safety and wellbeing of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals are always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, the Zoo has suspended or cancelled the following events and activities until a future date:

  • Spring Fling
  • Big Bunny Weekends at Spring Fling
  • Wildlife Weekends with LEGO
  • Family Nature Club
  • Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series:  April and May
  • PBS SoCal Kids Weekend

HOW TO SUPPORT THE ZOO

To thank our members for their patience during these extraordinary times, we are extending current memberships for the length of time the L.A. Zoo is closed to the public. If your renewal date is right around the corner, we hope you will renew your membership and continue to support your favorite animals at the L.A. Zoo. Our membership department can be reached at [email protected]

FAQs

Have Questions? We’ve Got Answers

I have tickets to the Zoo. How long can I use them? Can I return them? 

If you have purchased general admission tickets to the L.A. Zoo, your tickets are valid for one year from the date of purchase, and you are welcome to use them any time within that year. We do not issue refunds.

What are you doing to keep Zoo staff safe? 

We are using social distancing practices and deployed enhanced sanitation throughout the Zoo, which include new hand-sanitizer stations and increased custodial services.

Can I put a hold on my membership? 

At this time, we are automatically extending current memberships equal to the length of time that we are closed.

Are any events, classes, or activities being canceled?  

We have canceled activities, special programming and events, and private events scheduled to take place during our closure, including Spring Zoo Camp. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make further decisions on programming and activities based on the best information and recommendations available. Please continue to check this page for the latest updates.

What can I do to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
  • Use facemasks only if you are sick or have been instructed to do so by your health care provider.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

For more information, visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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