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Phase 2 of Modified Operations

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Phase 2 of Modified Operations

As part of Florida’s Phase 2 reopening of the state, following federal and local guidelines, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has updated its modified operations.

Zoo operations will be modified until further notice to ensure the safety of Zoo visitors, annual pass holders, staff, and animals. Modifications will include limiting in-park attendance to 50% of outdoor capacity, required online timed ticketing for all guests, additional barriers around certain animal habitats, and social distancing. Every guest entering the Zoo will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has developed and enacted a Reopening and Modified Operations Plan. The plan was presented to Seminole County Emergency Management officials on Thursday, May 6. With guidance from Seminole County officials, the Zoo has been approved to resume modified operations.

Modifications Include:

  • Reduced operating hours to allow for additional cleaning and sanitation.
  • Online timed tickets required for all guests, to ensure safe and comfortable capacity and limited contact admissions.
  • A six-foot minimum of physical distancing will be required, monitored, and enforced throughout the property.
  • In-park feedings and encounters are suspended until further notice.
  • Activities that would encourage the congregation of any group of more than 50 people, such as chats and shows, will not be offered.
  • Sonny’s BBQ will operate from 10:30 AM to 3 PM.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols will be enacted throughout the day.
  • Additional training and PPE required for all Zoo employees.
  • The Zoo is inviting vulnerable guests to plan their visit for Tuesdays from 9 AM to 10 AM. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance, through the Zoo’s website.

For information about the Zoo’s reopening and to purchase required timed tickets, please visit www.centralfloridazoo.org/reopening.


PLEASE NOTE: The City of Sanford is continuing construction on West Seminole Boulevard at the Zoo’s entrance. The Zoo is reopening with modified operations and will be accessible to guests from eastbound West Seminole Boulevard from Monroe Road, eastbound 17-92, or Interstate 4. Guests will not be able to access the Zoo from westbound West Seminole Boulevard. Visitors are encouraged to be mindful of possible detours and changes in traffic patterns while construction continues in the area near the Zoo’s entrance.


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