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Louisville Zoo Temporarily Closing to the Public Starting March 17 (Press Release)

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The Louisville Zoo will be temporarily closing to the public starting Tuesday, March 17 following recommendations of Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo, the decision to close was made to further support efforts to reduce the rapid spread of the virus and to protect the health and well-being of Zoo staff and the community.

“The Zoo is a place to escape the hectic pace of everyday life for families in our community,” said Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak. “While we wanted to remain open and offer a place for families to spend time outdoors, we have a responsibility to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together.”

The dedicated animal care team and other essential personnel will remain active at the Zoo; however, staff who are able to work from home will be encouraged to do so.

“We plan ahead for all the animals in our care and currently have a surplus of essential food and supplies for them,” Walczak added. “We will update our social media daily to keep everyone informed on how their favorite animals are doing.”

Zoo leadership will continue to monitor the latest developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and follow guidance from federal, state, and local authorities to determine when the park will reopen.

If you have a confirmed program, spring break camp, tour or event scheduled, including tickets to Wild Lights: Asian Lantern Festival, you will be contacted by Zoo staff for next steps.

As the situation evolves, the Zoo will continue to provide updates at

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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).