28 May 2020

National Zoo to re-open on Saturday

| Ian Bushnell
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Solo and Zama

Zookeepers with cheetah and dog duo Solo and Zama. Photo: File photo

The National Zoo & Aquarium has announced it will re-open on Saturday after the ACT Government eased COVID-19 restrictions this week.

The Zoo has been closed since 13 March when the government issued directives to contain the spread of the virus in the ACT.

It said that while there would be strict social distancing measures and limits on how many people can be indoors, in line with government regulations. The rest of the Zoo’s operations will be open as normal.

Visitors will need to ensure they are in groups of no more than 20 people, including children, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres. The Zoo will be putting on extra staff over the weekend to monitor that closely.

”We take the health and well being of our animals, staff and visitors very seriously and as such will be opening in a responsible way in line with ACT Government regulations and restrictions,” a spokesperson for the Zoo said.

Business Manager Russell Jackson said both the Zoo staff and animals could not wait to welcome people back.

“We are extremely excited to be able to welcome back our members and visitors from Saturday,” he said.

“We have had a few exciting arrivals since we closed who we can’t wait to introduce to everyone, as well as a few little ones that have grown over the last couple of months such as our giraffe calf Nzuri, not to mention some of our visitor favourites who are keen to see everyone such as Hummer the giraffe, Solo and Zama our cheetah and dog duo and, of course, the big cats, meerkats and rhinos.”

The zoo will operate with the standard opening hours of 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and will be open seven days a week from Saturday.

Jamala Wildlife Lodge is also open for Canberra residents and will welcome regional NSW guests from 1 June.

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