Health Updates and FAQs updated 4-4-20 Is the Zoo open? The Zoo is temporarily closed. There are no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo. Do you need volunteers? Thank you to all who have reached out to offer time and talents. For the safety of all, no non-employees are permitted on Zoo grounds during the current closure, including our valued and dedicated volunteers. If you want to help, please consider making a donation or encouraging your friends to do so. Funding is our greatest need at this time. How can you help the Zoo? As a non-profit organization, we rely on ticket sales, zoo visits, memberships, education program fees, donations, and meeting revenue to operate. Being closed is having a significant impact on our operating budget. Please consider a donation to our emergency operating fund to assist us in the care of our animals and team members. Your support is more critical now than ever. Donate Purchase a new/renewal/gift membership Request a personalized video from Fiona the hippo on Cameo here A.D.O.P.T. an animal here Shop online! Education Program Participants All spring Zoo Education Programs are cancelled until further notice. If you are registered for a class or event, you will be notified via email. What is the Zoo doing on site? The Cincinnati Zoo is taking measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff members and animals amid concerns surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Cleaning and Prevention The Zoo follows rigorous cleaning standards year-round. Zoo team members and partners have been provided with the appropriate resources on preventive self-care. Animal Care Animals are at the heart of everything we do. We want to assure the public that our animals are healthy, and we will continue to provide them with dedicated care. We remain in constant touch with our state, national, and international veterinary networks to monitor updates. What can you do? The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid exposure to it by using the normal health precautions you would take to avoid illnesses such as the flu or the common cold. If you are sick, stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Wash your hands often and properly (soap and water, for at least 20 seconds). If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or objects. If you must sneeze or cough and have no tissue available, do so in the inside of your elbow, not into your hands or into the air. Do animals get or spread COVID-19?A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans). It is believed that an asymptomatic zoo employee transmitted the infection. This is the first case of its kind and is being closely monitored. The USDA has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people. Other questions about animal/human transmission and testing are answered in this FAQ from the USDA.