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The Phoenix Zoo will close to the public starting Wednesday, March 18.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix Zoo announced Tuesday that it would be closing to the public until further notice amid coronavirus concerns. The closure is effective Wednesday, March 18.

In a statement, the zoo wrote:

The time has come for the Phoenix Zoo to temporarily close. Along with many other institutions in the Valley, in concern for our staff, members, guests and community and in line with the recommendations from the World Health Organization, the CDC, as well as other federal, state and local authorities the Phoenix Zoo will temporarily close effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Be assured that we will be monitoring the evolving situation and will reevaluate this decision on a regular basis and reopen when appropriate.

All pre-purchased admission tickets will be honored when the zoo reopens. For information about refunds for programs, events and tours, please click here.

The zoo is urging the public to stay close to the zoo's website and social channels for updates about the status as well as live educational programming and virtual safaris (not to mention an abundance of cute photos and videos of animals!) You can also watch behind-the-scenes care-taking by keepers, and see in-depth stories of the zoo and its residents.

Although the zoo will be closed to the public, staffers will continue to provide care for the more than 3,000 animal residents. If you'd like to help, online donations are always welcome.

 

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