Tulsa Zoo Reopening Date Set

June 1 for all; special member week May 25

The Tulsa Zoo is ready to welcome guests back on grounds beginning with a members-only thank you week May 25, then for the general public on June 1. The zoo closed to the public on March 16 as a precautionary measure as part of the City of Tulsa’s Safer at Home executive order.

The Tulsa Zoo will reopen with key changes in place to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19. These changes include limiting the number of guests on zoo grounds, minimizing touch points, enabling proper social-distancing opportunities and increasing cleaning protocol. One of the more noticeable changes is all guests, including members, will be required to make reservations in advance online for a three-hour visit.

With more than 4.9 miles of public pathways across an 84-acre campus, the Tulsa Zoo is uniquely positioned to provide fun family entertainment with minimal touchpoints and maximum social distancing opportunities, says President and CEO Terrie Correll.

“Our priority is to keep everyone within our gates healthy and safe while providing a fun and educational environment,” Correll says. “The changes we make, including a phased reintroduction of some indoor spaces and experiences where guests gather, will allow us to provide the proper safeguards.”

A full review of the zoo’s plans is available at tulsazoo.org. Guests can make online reservations at tulsazoo.org/tickets beginning May 20.

“We’ve seen from our peer zoos and aquariums that no reopening plan can account for every circumstance, so we all will continue to be flexible and learn together as we move toward a new normal.”

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