Denver Zoo reopening to members Wednesday, general public Friday

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DENVER (KDVR) — The Denver Zoo will be reopen to the general public on Friday. Zoo members will get a chance to see the animals again starting Wednesday.

The zoo experience will be different. Face masks are required for every visitor aged 3 years and older. Visitors must also use one-way walkways inside the zoo.

Guests will need to buy tickets and reserve a time slot online. The reservation system is designed to limit the number of people in the zoo at any given time. Three hundred people will be allowed in each hour.

“You’ll feel like you have the whole zoo to yourself,” said Denver Zoo communications director Jake Kubié.

Certain indoor and confined exhibits will be closed, but the vast majority of the 80 acres will remain open. Staffers will be scattered throughout the campus to ensure physical distancing, according to the zoo.

Those returning will notice some upgrades. Employees took advantage of the closure to finish projects.

“We were able to do some of those public repairs and maintenance pieces that were kind of critical infrastructure repairs that we needed to do,” said Denver Zoo president and CEO Bert Vescoleni.

To reserve tickets, visit the Zoo’s website.

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