Blackpool Zoo is open!
Blackpool Zoo is now open!
The attraction reopened to the general public today (Monday 29th June), after a successful preview weekend exclusively for members.
Visitor numbers will be limited each day and everyone, including members, will need to book online to guarantee entry.
A visit to Blackpool Zoo will look very different for a while but people will still be able to see their favourite animals, enjoy the beautiful surroundings, reconnect with nature and leave their worries behind.
The 35-acre parkland has burst into life since it temporarily closed its gates in March.
Keepers kept on keeping and there have been many births, including Emperor Tamarin twins, capybara, kangaroo and wallaby joeys, King Colobus monkeys, plover chicks, porcupettes and a Red Titi monkey made sure there was still plenty to do!
From feeding to cleaning and health checks to enrichment, the teams have continued to give the best possible care to their furry, feathered and scaly friends.
While indoor animal houses are closed to visitors, people will still be able to see lots of new arrivals, along with all the other residents, outside enjoying the early summer.
People will be required to follow social distancing guidelines, onsite signage and make regular use of the additional hand sanitation points that have been installed.
A new Visitor Services Hub and Visitor Services Team have been set up to help with queries and questions.
There will be enhanced and increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and toilets will be open and manned by attendants to manage numbers within the facilities. Short podcasts will replace the suspended daily talks, feeds and displays.
Play areas, activities, the miniature train and children’s rides will also be closed but new, imagination-driven play trails around the zoo have been developed to keep little ones busy. They can be downloaded on the website or collected from the Visitor Services Hub.
The main café and some kiosks will be open with a reduced menu on a takeout only basis.Outdoor eating areas have been increased and redesigned to ensure social distancing.
Screens have been installed at all staff interaction points and the gift shops will be open with limited capacity.
Tickets and visitor numbers will be closely monitored and increased when appropriate in the coming weeks. Management is asking that visitors be patient as one-way systems and restaurant regulations could lead to queuing.
Tickets can be booked at www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk