Zoo Boise to reopen with new safety precautions

Posted at 3:51 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 23:37:23-04

BOISE, Idaho — Zoo Boise will look a little different this summer. The zoo will reopen on Monday for visitors to come and see the animals once again.

While all of the zoo's outdoor exhibits will be open, indoor exhibits will be closed to visitors until further notice. The zoo is following a five-phase plan to help reopen safely.

This plan starts with online ticket purchases only. So, to come to the zoo, you'll need to pre-purchase a ticket on their website.

Officials say they will only allow visitors to come in in 30-minute increments with no more than 100 visitors total in any given hour.

The zoo will also have all of the visitors follow directional signs, making paths one-way.

"We ask that you observe all of those spacing requirements that will have in place and follow the directional signage, and also we'll have a number of sanitizing stations located throughout the zoo. So we ask that you take advantage of that as well," Director of Parks and Recreation, Doug Holloway says.

With all of these safety protocols and procedures in place, Officials believe they are opening in the safest way possible for staff, visitors and the animals.

"At the end of the day, all of the animals are the same. We know all of our animals are really super excited to see visitors again and so were excited to allow our visitors to interact with our animals again, "Holloway says.

Again, tickets must be purchased online, and although it is not required, it is recommended that you wear a mask while visiting.