Zoo News

Mar 12, 2020

Buffalo Zoo on COVID-19

Dear Buffalo Zoo Community:

Like you, all of us at the Buffalo Zoo is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus 2019. The safety of the beloved animals in our care and you, our valued guests is always our top priority. 

The Buffalo Zoo team has developed a COVID-19 preparedness plan and we are carefully monitoring the situation and following the information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies. While there are many founded and unfounded recommendations and opinions about what to do to stay safe and healthy, we believe the best thing we can do is to stay calm and stay in communication.

Below is an FAQ we’ve prepared to answer some commonly-asked questions you may have. 

Moving forward, the Buffalo Zoo will post information on its website at buffalozoo.org. As the situation is very fluid, I encourage all members of our Zoo community to visit as new information and updates become available.

The Buffalo Zoo is committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our community — humans and animals alike.  I am confident that by working together we will continue to do so.

Most sincerely,

Norah Fletchall

President and CEO

Buffalo Zoo


Q: Are the animals at the Zoo safe? Can COVID-19 be transmitted to animals?

A: Experts say there have been no reports of animals getting the active COVID-19 virus from people. The Zoo already has strict practices in place to prevent the transmission of any disease-inducing viruses between humans and animals. If you’ve ever visited the Zoo, you know that we have high standards for cleanliness and disinfection and we will continue to keep these protocols in place. Finally, we continue to carefully monitor the situation and stay in touch with government agencies for information and guidance.

Q. Is it safe for me and my family or group to visit the Zoo?

A: The Zoo is currently open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We strongly encourage you to follow the recommendations of the CDC. Experts say proper handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness. Please wash your hands using the restrooms and handwashing stations throughout the Zoo. If you feel sick, consider the health of your fellow guests and visit the Buffalo Zoo when you feel better.

Q. Are you still holding special events and programs?

A: Ticket holders and program participants should monitor their email closely for any changes. 

Q. How can I find out more information about COVID-19 and the Buffalo Zoo?

A: Visit our website at buffalozoo.org for more information. To learn more about COVID-19 and what you can do to prevent the spread of illness visit cdc.gov


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