The San Diego Zoo reopened its doors to guests on Saturday, three months after its closure due to the coronavirus. The zoo will join other attractions like Disneyland (click here to read more) in reopening.
Members will be granted their time lost during the closure.
“It has been interesting watching our animals during the closure,” a zoo trainer told News 8.
He added, “Our orangutans have been extremely interested in our staff members. I’m sure our animals like watching our guests just as much as they like watching them.”
San Diego Zoo Director Dwight Scott, was satisfied with the guests’ behavior during the first day
“Our guests have been absolutely fantastic, everyone has a mask on everyone has been practicing social distancing, everyone has been extremely responsible.
Of course, for anyone who wants to see some animals from the comfort of their home, the live cams are always available.
Commitment to safety
Prior to the zoo opening, the management already announced that they will be applying safety measures on the zoo.
The following are some measures the zoo will be implementing:
- People who will visit the zoo have to purchase their tickets online
- Guests, who are two years of age and older should wear face coverings
- Guests should practice social distancing
- The zoo will allow limited number of guests on the grounds
- One time visitation in one day
- Limited parking
Furthermore, the zoo increased the number of handwashing stations and signage to remind people of safe practices in navigating the grounds.
During its closure, two additions have been added in the zoo.
In April, a female cub was born at the Safari Park’s Cheetah Breeding Center.
According to San Diego Zoo, the cub’s mother gave birth to only one cub, which results to her producing limited milk.
The cub is currency staying in an indoor nursery area at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Wildlife care specialists has been taking care of the cub since its arrival at the nursery.
Early this week, a 2-month old pygmy hippopotamus and his mother, Mabel moved from their maternity habitat to the main pygmy hippo habitat in the Zoo.
The calf has been named Akobi, which, according to the zoo, means first-born in the Yoruba language.
Pygmy hippos can now only be found in four countries and had been listed as endangered by the IUCN.
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