TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 18, 2020) – Tulsa Zoo today announced plans to reduce the number of guests allowed per hour, to 300 from 500, as a way to help mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. The change is effective Nov. 18, 2020.
“Our zoo is fortunate to offer nearly five miles of outdoor, walkable pathways in addition to our indoor facilities. With the increase in local coronavirus cases, however, we feel this is the right time to do more to keep all within our gates safe. We can best achieve this by reducing the number of people on grounds at a time,” says Tulsa Zoo President and CEO Lindsay Hutchison.
“We will continue to monitor the trend in local cases and, as we have since reopening to the public in May, adjust our operations as needed. I am so appreciative of our zoo fans who have supported mask requirements and ticketing changes to comply with local ordinances so we can create a safe, fun experience.”
The zoo continues to require advance ticket reservations through tulsazoo.org. Face masks are required by the City of Tulsa for anyone age 10 and older while in public buildings and in public settings when social distancing is not possible. Examples of outdoor required mask zones at the zoo are the new Helmerich Behaving Like Animals Playground and underwater viewing at Helmerich Sea Lion Cove.
The change in attendance limits may result in more sold out days so the zoo encourages guests to check other dates when sellouts occur.
“I know our changes add complexity to what should be a spontaneous, fun way to unplug with family and connect with wildlife. I understand the frustrations and can say this is the right thing to do for our community, guests, staff and animals in our care,” Hutchison says.
For more information about zoo ticketing and efforts to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, visit tulsazoo.org/tickets.