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GALLERY: NEW Zoo Re-opens with COVID Guidelines

From penguins, to eagle wingspan, to how many pigs- social distancing signs are posted around the NEW Zoo, Suamico. June 16, 2020 (WCWF/ Beni Petersen)

(WCWF) SUAMICO -- The NEW Zoo in Suamico has re-opened its doors for the summer season, but with a few changes. This comes in response the Coronavirus Pandemic, as the zoo aims to provide a touch-less and safe experience.

Not only have hours been adjusted to 9a-6p daily, but entrance to the park is also different. With capacity limited and ticket sales available in advance and for specific time slots; this is meant to aid proper social distancing. Instead of entering through the Visitor Center building, entry is permitted only through one gate to the left, while the exit is on on the right. And though the Gift Shop is open, capacity for in-store shopping is limited.

And while the zoo maintains all sorts of habitat viewing, popular activities have been temporary suspended and closed. This pertains to:

  • The giraffe experiences
  • The express train
  • Endangered Species Carousel
  • Playgrounds
  • Discovery tunnels
  • Mining sluice
  • Hurricane simulator
  • Photo booth

And be sure to watch for signs, as some trails are marked as one-way only.

With a fresh take on the summer, the Mayan Restaurant is open with new additions to the menu, but inside seating and entry is not permitted. Instead food and beverages can be purchased through a walk-up window. With limited outdoor seating available, it may not be such a bad idea to grab a picnic blanket on your journey to the park.

Reminding attendees of social distance practices recommended, there are a variety of signs showing, and describing how far apart you should stand from others. They even utilize animal figures to make it relatable for children.

And of course, if you're not feeling well- please stay home and reserve your trip to the zoo at a later time.

The new guidelines may seem like a lot to focus on, but once you arrive, it doesn't distract from the environment from zoo animals and the learning children can engage in. Simply follow the signs, pay attention to distancing yourselves from others... and enjoy the view.

For a full list of COVID information at the park, head to the NEW Zoo's website.

For online ticket purchase, click here.