PHILADELPHIA >> The Philadelphia Zoo is set to reopen to the public on Thursday, July 9.

“We are thrilled to welcome our members and guests back to the Zoo,” says Vikram H. Dewan, the Zoo’s President and CEO. “On the first visit back, guests will find that some of the procedures look a bit different, but with more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals in our care, and many visitors onsite, the enhanced procedures will help with maintaining a delightful, clean and safe experience,” says Dewan.

Taking a phased reopening approach, the Zoo will welcome Philadelphia Zoo members first beginning Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8 and to the general public on Thursday, July 9. The public can purchase tickets online at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.

In addition to phasing the opening, the Zoo will limit visitor capacity and implement health and safety measures recommended by state and local officials to provide a safe environment for humans and animals alike. “We are happy to welcome everyone back to see our amazing animals and excited staff while connecting with nature and the outdoors,” says Dewan.

Before Your Visit:

* All visitors MUST reserve / pre-purchase timed-tickets for admission at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite.

* Tickets for ages 2+ are $20, and parking is $17 per vehicle. Children under age 2 are free but must have a reserved ticket.

* Members must make advanced reservations online and may reserve one visit per membership at a time for up to the number of adults, children and guests covered by their membership.

* Social distancing is required.asks are required for guests 8+

* Masks are encouraged for children age 2-7

* No masks for children under 2

At the Zoo guests will see:

* Indoor animal exhibits and attractions including the Rainforest Carousel, Wildworks Ropes Course, SEPTA PZ Express Train, and Swan Boats remain closed.

* Touchless toilets, faucets, paper towel and soap dispensers.

* Hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus.

* More grab and go food selections and touchless transactions at food locations like The Urban Green, Impala Plaza, Eagles’ Roost—for mobile order scheduled pick-up as well as window service and Dippin’ Dots.

* Guests can bring their own food in the Zoo.

* Clean Team - staffers dedicated to sanitizing and cleaning high touch areas.

* New procedures that allow public safety officers to check bags without touching.

“We are committed to creating a great environment for everyone. With 42-acres of beautiful gardens, the Zoo is the perfect spot to connect with loved ones while enjoying the outdoors,” says Dewan. While closed to the public, the Zoo launched the Spring Back Fund where supporters can help fund Zoo operations, launched a new, limited-edition shirt and hoodie line purchased at https://dsgntree.com/philadelphia-zoo, and joined Cameo a website and app that creates personalized videos starring the Zoo’s famous penguin flock. To support the Zoo directly visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org/donate.

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