Masks Required in Public Buildings at Zoo (Media Release)

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)

In response to new guidelines recently released by Louisville Metro Government, the Zoo will be requiring masks inside of buildings including Gorilla Forest, the Islands, HerpAquarium, MetaZoo, African Outpost and the Zoo’s gift shops effective Monday, August 2, 2021.

This metro change is due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. The new policy applies to every person regardless of vaccination status.

Guests outside of Zoo buildings do not have to wear masks but are encouraged to social distance. The Zoo has disposable masks available for guests.

Louisville Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (enjoy until 6 p.m.) through September 19, 2021.


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 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).