Texas Zoo reopens with new measures to socially distance

VICTORIA, Texas- The Texas zoo opened Friday under Texas governor Greg Abbott’s announcement of phase two of reopening the Texas economy. New measures were taken to open following all regulations.

Bright yellow arrows decorate the pavement  directing your steps, all in an effort to maintain social distancing. Distancing is not only for visitors, but for animals as well. 

“In terms of changes here, people probably don’t realize, but our zoo animals are susceptible to COVID-19. We’ve had to increase our barriers from 3 feet to 6 feet,” explains Texas Zoo director Liz Jensen. 

Like for most places, wearing masks is not mandated, however, highly encouraged. Visitors can expect a rather normal visit, with the exception of direct interaction with animals. 

“The other thing that people can expect is that most of the zoo is all open, there’s only one area that’s closed off. We actually have a baby lemur, and being a primate, they’re also just like us, susceptible to it, so it’s in an area where it will be too narrow,” adds Jensen. 

Zoo staff is expecting a busy weekend. Their opening day had a steady flow of visitors who were most excited to be out of their house. 

Tristan Vahalik, a 10 year old visitor, was admiring the brown bear closely. When asked if he wasbored of being at home, he answered, “yes! all I  could do, basically was walk my dog and play video games!” Kimber Vahalik, Tristan’s younger 8 year old sister added, “I’m very excited because all the people get the opportunity to come to the zoo and look at the zoo animals.”

The Texas Zoo will resume a regular opening schedule, for more details make sure to visit texaszoo.org