WEST PALM BEACH, FL - May 21, 2020 - On behalf of Oz the Queensland koala, Valentina the Chilean flamingo and Wilbur the local celebrity sloth, Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society invites its Zoo members to a members only pre-opening week June 1-4 from 9 AM - 5 PM.
“We are beyond grateful for the support of our loyal Zoo members, so we are thanking them in a meaningful way,” said Margo McKnight, president and CEO of Palm Beach Zoo. “It is time to get back outdoors with your loved ones and visit nature, and we want our members to be the first to step back inside the Zoo.”
In accordance with Florida Phase 2 reopening guidelines and Governor DeSantis’ recommendations, the Zoo will admit a limited number of guests to its 23-acre fully outdoor venue. “With safety as our top priority, we have implemented a comprehensive plan that includes the limited, gradual and safe return of guests, leveraging our Zoo’s unique design, open-air setting, one-point entry and highly trained staff who are committed to delivering a safe experience,” said Casey Coy, Palm Beach Zoo chief operating and security officer. “Entry for members will be on a first-come, first-served basis. With our spacious outdoor setting and large capacity, we are not requiring timed reservations.”
The Zoo will be operating normally with a few notable exceptions for the member preview:
During the member preview, Zoo staff will continue enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols for all shared surfaces and restrooms and will be wearing masks. Zoo entry will be touch-free for members. The chlorinated splash pad in Fountain Plaza will be active during the preview week with social distancing recommendations at six feet.
Food service will be available at the walk-up window adjacent to the cafe and at food carts in the Fountain Plaza. Tables will be spaced along the pathways and on the cafe deck, at least six feet apart. Sharing of tables with other groups is discouraged.
Behind the scenes, the Malayan tiger cubs are healthy and well, and Api is excelling at motherhood. The Zoo expects members to be able to see mom and the cubs in the tiger habitat toward the end of summer. Until then, the Zoo will continue to update its social media channels (@palmbeachzoo) with the latest cub cuteness.
How to attend:
Palm Beach Zoo will fully open to the public Friday, June 5. Purchase your tickets in advance for touch free entry on the Zoo’s website: www.palmbeachzoo.org.
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