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Pueblo Zoo to close due to COVID-19; welcomes five new-born otter pups

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 17:48:14-04

PUEBLO — The Publo Zoo closed on March 17th, until further notice, due to COVID-19 and compliance with recommendations by made by the CDC and Governor Polis’ Office to close outdoor venues.

“Initially, we had hoped that our spacious outdoor venue would provide the opportunity to get outside while practicing social distancing," said Executive Director, Abigail Kraus, in a statement. "However, it is clear to us that following the health professionals’ recommendations of discouraging grouping and limiting opportunities for exposure is the responsible thing to do for both our guests and our staff."

The following events with be either canceled or postponed due to the closing:

· Half Price day, March 25, and all other Spring Break activities are canceled.
· Earth Day activities on April 18 and 22 are postponed.
· Brew at the Zoo, April 25, is postponed. Pre-purchased tickets will be valid for the new date which is to be announced.
· All Education programs are on hold until further notice. Resumption will be dictated by the school districts and availability of zoo staff. That means all ZooALIVE training and volunteer shifts, educational onsite and outreach programs, zoo camps, and field trips.

This also includes events like birthdays, private parties, Behind the Scenes, keeper talks.

The Zoo is taking its necessary precautions for its staff and animals during the closure.

“Regardless of whether guests are visiting, our animals need food, water, cleaning, medical care and enrichment every single day of the year.” said Krause in a statement. “While our earned revenue drops to zero, our expenses remain relatively unchanged as our essential staff cares for our animals, day in and day out. The Pueblo Zoo is committed to providing our staff with support, security and safety. We have offered non-essential staff the option to work remotely and are seeking options for our hourly staff. We are going to feel this financial impact acutely and for some time to come.”

On a much brighter note, the Zoo is happy to welcome a new litter of otter pups to the world. Freyja delivered five healthy pups with her third litter.