June 3, 2020

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Zoos reopening as COVID-19 restrictions ease

The Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo reopens for the general public in Gelsenkirchen on Might 7, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Ina Fassbender/AFP/Getty Pictures)

As guidelines about sheltering in place loosen up, zoos are reopening to the general public with modified visiting preparations. With drive-thru routes, scheduled visits and a digital tour, here is a have a look at a few of the zoos in Canada and all over the world which can be reopening their doorways to guests. 

Touring, safari fashion

Members of the media take a safari-style driving tour of the Toronto Zoo previous to its reopening on Saturday. “The prebooked driving route would permit company to see the zoo’s animals from the consolation and security of their very own automobile,” spokesperson Amanda Chambers informed CBC Information, including the zoo’s 3.4-kilometre route goes above and past the Ontario authorities’s framework to reopen the province because the unfold of COVID-19 slows.

(Evan Mitsui/CBC)

(Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Advance planning

Whereas the Berlin Zoo closed to company March 17 due to coronavirus-related restrictions, visiting the zoo is now doable with pre-booked, scheduled tickets.  

(Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Pictures)

Questions and solutions

Zookeeper Kim Richards solutions questions and shows Monty the ball python to company on the Cruise the Zoo drive-thru program on the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday.

(Caitlin O’Hara/Reuters)

Eye of the tiger

Chiafa, a white Bengal tiger, made his first public look on Might 14 on the Sofia Zoo in Sofia, Bulgaria. The zoo reopened this week after being closed for 2 months due to the pandemic.  

(Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

Security first

An worker, sporting a vest depicting bodily distancing measures, appears at giraffes through the reopening of Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Might 20.  To keep away from crowding, the zoo will first open for season ticket holders, then every day guests.  

(Marco de Swart/ANP/AFP/Getty Pictures)

Folks go to the Bordeaux-Pessac Zoo in Pessac, France on Wednesday. Placards warn that face masks are obligatory and ask guests to keep up distance from one another.

 (Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Pictures)


Friends drive their autos via the Phoenix Zoo, in Phoenix, Ariz., on Might 9. The zoo has misplaced over $Four million since closing in March as a result of pandemic. In an effort to generate income to feed and take care of the animals, the zoo started permitting folks to drive via the park to view the animals from their very own autos. The “Cruise the Zoo” is scheduled to run via Might. 

(Matt York/The Related Press)

Digital excursions 

Robotic-maker ZMP and Chiba Zoological Park, which briefly closed as a result of pandemic, will permit youngsters quarantined at residence to just about tour the zoo via a distant managed robotic with a 360-degree digital camera in Chiba, Japan.  

(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Pictures)

Feeding time

A zookeeper sporting a protecting face masks feeds a giraffe in its enclosure on the reopening day of Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette on Monday.

(Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Pictures)

Nonetheless closed

Many different zoos all over the world stay closed. Bandung zoo in West Java, Indonesia, which shut on March 23, wants greater than 400 kilograms of fruit per day and 120 kilograms of meat each different day, zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi’i informed Reuters. The zoo depends on donations to maintain its animals alive and says it might resort to culling some to feed others. The Indonesia Zoo Affiliation estimates 92 per cent of that nation’s 60 closed zoos can solely feed their animals till the tip of Might.

Staff carry fruit and veggies for animals earlier than distributing the meals on the zoo, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Bandung, West Java Province, Indonesia, Might 18, 2020. (Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/Reuters)