Friends of the Louisville Zoo Announces Cancellation of Zoofari! 2020

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
Direct: 502-238-5331  |  Media Only: 502-744-5639
kyle.shepherd@louisvilleky.gov

The Friends of the Louisville Zoo, together with Zoo leadership, has decided it is in the best interest of the community and entire region to cancel Zoofari! One Wild Night scheduled for June 13, 2020. While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo, protecting the health of our visitors, volunteers, staff and the animals is our top priority. For those who have purchased tickets for Zoofari! 2020, a member of the Friends of the Louisville Zoo will be contacting them directly.

The Friends of the Zoo are greatly appreciative of Zoofari! 2020’s presenting sponsor Brown-Forman and the many other generous donors who have reallocated their Zoofari! donations and ticket fees to support the immediate needs of the Zoo during this critical time.

Since closing on March 17, 2020, Louisville Zoo team members have continued to provide for the daily needs of the animals and your Zoo. All essential staff working on-site are practicing safe social distancing and following the steps outlined by Louisville Metro Government and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through these additional safety measures, staff is staying healthy and the animals are doing well.

About Zoofari! One Wild Night

Zoofari! One Wild Night, marking its 40th year in 2020, is hosted by the Friends of the Louisville Zoo and represents the largest annual fundraising event for the Zoo. Gifts made in support of Zoofari! directly benefit the Louisville Zoo’s mission to “better the bond between people and the planet” through award-winning exhibits, science and conservation education programs, and animal encounters.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).