Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Zoo.
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has been working diligently to prepare plans for re-opening the facility that properly follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) guidelines. Our goal is always been to keep our staff and guests as safe as possible. With the modifications listed below, we feel confident we are doing what’s necessary to amply safeguard and protect you. The Zoo will follow normal business hours of 9:30am – 4pm on weekdays and 9:30am – 5pm on weekends. Grounds close one hour after the ticket gates close.
Modifications guests will see in place as additional safeguards include:
- The number of guests will be monitored on a real-time basis to eliminate crowding.
- Constant disinfection of all touchable surfaces will occur in accordance with CDC & LA Department of Health guidance.
- Hand sanitation stations have been added at multiple locations throughout the Zoo.
- A one-way path for all visitors has been enacted to avoid passing of guests.
- Protective panels have been installed where face-to-face interactions frequently occur.
- Implementation of barriers near exhibit viewing areas with glass to limit touching.
- Creation of public markers to serve as social distancing reminders.
- All Zoo staff will be wearing face masks or shields.
- Guests are encouraged to wear mask face coverings to protect our staff & animals.
- The following will be temporality closed:
- Safari Playground
- Cypress Bayou Railroad
- L’aquarium de Louisiane
- Otter Cabin
- Kids’ Zoo Contact Yard
- Our keeper chats & amphitheater shows will be temporarily suspended.
- The Flamingo Café & Cool Critters Café will be open with a limited menu & outdoor seating has been adjusted for social distancing.
- Protocols will be adjusted as necessary to keep staff, guests and animals safe.
The Zoo was closed to the public from March 17 – May 21. During that time, essential veterinary and animal care staff were on site daily providing quality, expert care for the animals, as always. The animals have been safe & sound and continuing with business as usual. The Zoo has provided virtual adventures on our social media channels keeping followers engaged with keeper chats, educational presentations, and behind-the-scenes footage. We are thankful to have reached nearly 1 million impressions from our community who were enjoying this educational and entertaining content during the stay-at-home time frame! And, we don’t intend to stop anytime soon. Stay tuned this summer for more virtual adventures over the summer break!
Zoo leaders are actively monitoring the ever-changing situation and we promise to promptly announce any additional updates on the Zoo’s social media channels & website.