DENVER – Police said a threat at the Denver Zoo was not credible after staff and guests were evacuated Tuesday afternoon.
The Denver Zoo was closed around 4 p.m. after receiving a call from an unidentified person threatening to fly an airplane into the zoo. The zoo deemed the threat a credible security threat and closed the zoo immediately, evacuating all people on the premises and moved the animals to safety.
Denver Police and other government agencies were contacted and quickly responded to the scene to secure the grounds. Around 4:45 p.m. Denver Police officers determined the threat was not credible and allowed guests to return to their cars so they could leave the area.
Update: Evacuated zoo patrons are being escorted to their vehicles so that they may leave the area. The investigation into the threat is ongoing. https://t.co/oDnbz3X34S
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 2, 2018
Update: Denver Police investigated and deemed that the threat was not credible. The Zoo will open at the normal time tomorrow morning. We’ll share more information as it becomes available. https://t.co/vUWxrSkmIZ
— Denver Zoo (@DenverZoo) October 2, 2018
The zoo said the safety of staff, guests, and animals was the top priority during the situation, as every threat is taken seriously.
The zoo will be reopened during normal business hours Wednesday.