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OC Zoo Opens Sept. 12 with Modifications

The OC Zoo inside Irvine Regional Park will reopen Saturday, Sept. 12 with modifications to promote the health and safety of our visitors, staff and animals. These measures are based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of California.

The number of visitors will be limited, and visitors must follow a designated path of travel within the zoo. Keeper chats, animal presentations, and animal interactions will not be offered at this time to discourage congregations of people. Our Petting Zoo, feeding of goats and sheep, and animal interactions are closed temporarily while we minimize public contact with animals.

Zoo staff have enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. The animals are doing well and are very healthy. They are regularly screened for signs of illness by zoo staff and veterinarians.        

Please note that due to our capacity limitations, wait times for zoo entry may be delayed.

When visiting the zoo, please remember to keep a turkey vulture wingspan length (6 feet) away from others for physical distancing. Please use restrooms one person at a time. We also have hand sanitizer for your use in front of the restrooms.

Per California Department of Public Health’s guidance, if you are unable to maintain a distance of six feet from others while outside, a face mask or covering is required. Please wear a face mask or covering at all times while visiting the OC Zoo. This is not only to protect you, but also the animals that call the zoo home.

Notwithstanding our efforts, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, older adults and guests of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit. If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home and get plenty of rest.