KC Zoo announces plans to reopen to public

Posted at 3:48 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 16:48:35-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fans of the Kansas City Zoo will be able to see their favorite animals again, as zoo officials said Thursday they will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 16.

There will be plenty of restrictions associated with the reopening.

According to a release Thursday from the Zoo, guests will need to book an entry time to the zoo at the zoo’s website. Guests will be able to book times up to one week in advance in 15-minute increments.

The zoo plans to comply with Kansas City, Missouri, social gathering regulations, leaving only a limited number of tickets available.

While some features such as shows and Zookeeper Chats will remain suspended the zoo plans to open up indoor attractions with one-way traffic pathways.

All Zoo rides will be closed. All Zoo employees will be required to wear facemasks; the zoo is hopeful guests will also wear facemasks.

“Things will look and feel a little different at the Zoo as we open back up, and we know we will have to continue to adjust things daily. Our primary concern, though, is the health and safety of our community,” Randy Wisthoff, Executive Director/CEO said in a release. “We are so appreciative of the support that Kansas City has shown us while we’ve been closed, and we cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the Zoo.”

More information about the Zoo’s reopening is available on its website.