COURT HOUSE - The Cape May County government announced June 11 that the Cape May County Zoo will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. June 13, with new safety precautions in place to keep visitors, staff, and animals safe from COVID-19.
According to a release, while the zoo remained closed, under an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy, staff members continued to maintain the zoo and take care of the animals while following strict safety protocols.
“Our guests have been waiting for the day that we could reopen the zoo,” stated Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, liaison to the zoo. “The staff has done a wonderful job in the time we have been closed caring for the animals and creating dozens of virtual zoo videos for schools, but there is no substitute for the real thing. People will now be able to go back to our zoo this weekend.
Tree to Tree Adventure Park is also reopening at the Cape May County Zoo, which is an aerial adventure and zip line park.
“It is a proud day to say that we are reopening the Cape May County Zoo,” added Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton. “I was talking daily with the Governor’s Office and Freeholder Hayes on this issue. I want to commend Freeholder Hayes, who was a strong voice in reopening the zoo, and the entire zoo staff, for the hard work they have put into getting reopened and the plans put in place to keep everyone safe.”
Some of the safety measures being put in place now include asking every guest over 2 years old to wear a mask when visiting the zoo. This is for the protection of both the guests and animals, as some of the species are known to be susceptible to the coronavirus. Guests are asked to maintain social distancing from other groups and families when visiting.
A one-way directional flow throughout the zoo has been established to reduce the number of interactions between guests where possible. The zoo's capacity will be monitored closely to ensure it doesn’t become overcrowded with guests. Also, the Aviary and Reptile House will remain closed at this time.