Fort Worth Zoo is now open and it too will have new measures in place. To help control the flow of people in the park, patrons must make a reservation online before visiting. Ticket purchases can be made online up to 72 hours in advance. Customers can print their reservations or have them scanned on mobile devices. Early or late arrivals will not be allowed.
“We’re excited to welcome families back to the zoo, to give them the opportunity to get outside and reconnect with wildlife,” Michael Fouraker, the zoo’s executive director, said in a statement.
The zoo is also taking other measures to keep everyone safe. Indoor exhibits are temporarily closed, and restaurant and merchandise locations are operating at 25% capacity. Water fountains are closed. There are more hand-washing stations throughout the zoo, and a designated “Clean Team” is constantly cleaning hard and frequently touched surfaces. Social distancing will be in effect, and the zoo strongly encourages guests to wear masks while visiting.
Interactive experiences like giraffe feeding and the Toyota Children’s Ranch are all open. Staff will monitor crowds and limit attendance if necessary.
The zoo will be open with extended summer hours on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations can be made at fortworthzoo.org/safe-start.
Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $16 for ages 13-64, $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $5. fortworthzoo.org.