Just in time for Valentine's day, the El Paso Zoo has been approved by the city to reopen! They made the announcement on Facebook with a set date of February 10. Their announcement read:

"We are so excited to open up our gates and see so many friendly faces again, and our animals will be too! Masks are required and social distancing practices will be in place to keep our community safe, including hand sanitizing stations across the zoo."

In addition to their social distancing guidelines, the EP Zoo will be limited to 75% occupancy and keep some indoor buildings closed to the public. The African Star Train, the Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel and the Copper Canyon Ropes Challenge course will also remain closed, at this time. Keeper chats and interactive activities will not be offered until further notice.

As for food and beverages, they will be available for sale along with limited indoor and outdoor seating. In addition, guests may bring their own food and drinks with the exception of glass items, alcoholic beverages. Single-use straws will also not be allowed.

The EP Zoo's new hours will be:
Wed-Fri: 9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Mon-Tue: Closed

The EP Zoo has been closed since the start of the pandemic. If you bought a season pass last year and have questions, the EP Zoo suggests checking your email and are also encouraging members to call or go online to renew their memberships. You can reach them at (915) 212-0245.

I'm sure many El Pasoans are excited and eager to finally get out and check out the zoo, but be sure to do it safely and mask up, El Paso!

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