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Santa Barbara Zoo announces reopening

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 02:16:38-04

The Santa Barbara Zoo announced it will officially reopen to the public Tuesday, June 23.

Zoo members will be invited to visit earlier during special preview days June 20 through June 22.

The zoo will have new health and safety modifications in place in accordance with state and county guidelines.

Online reservations will be required by both paid guests and members. Limited reservations are available June 23 through July 6.

Visits will be limited to 90 minutes and attendance will be reduced each day to limit the total number of guests in the zoo at once.

Some high-touch areas will be closed and transactions will be limited to credit and debit cards in order to reduce contact. One-way pedestrian traffic will be enforced in most areas and all zoo staff are required to wear face masks.

Visitors will get the chance to meet the zoo's newest addition, Twiga, for the first time. The baby giraffe was born during the closure. The Santa Barbara Zoo has been closed to the public since mid-march.

You can visit the Santa Barbara Zoo website to make reservations and learn more about new safety protocol before visiting.