COVID-19 Update

Last updated: 3.26.20, 3:30 pm

Is the Zoo open?

At this time, we are CLOSED. We continue to monitor the situation and will adjust operations accordingly.

Special Events

We have currently postponed all rentals and Behind the Scenes experiences through April 15 and large events, including field trips, through April 25.


  • Brew at the Zoo is postponed. If you're a ticket holder, check your email for ticket transfer options and other information.

  • Earth Day activities are postponed.

  • Half Price day is canceled.

Education Programs

All zoo education programs are canceled until April 1, or as dictated by the school districts and availability of zoo staff. That means all ZooALIVE training and volunteer shifts, educational onsite and outreach programs, zoo camps and field trips.

Please check your email in the next day or two for specific information regarding rescheduling and program fees. Although this was not an easy decision to make, we are confident this is the best thing to keep you, our staff and our animals safe and to help our community respond in a proactive way.​


Animal Care

Our animals are healthy and doing well, and we continue to provide them with dedicated, professional care day in and out. Pueblo Zoo plans ahead for the animals in our care. We currently have a surplus of essential food and medical supplies for our animals and will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor our supply chain to assure essentials remain on hand.

How is the zoo supporting their staff during this time?

Staff that are sick or need to be home with dependents are being provided with paid leave. Critical operations staff and our animal care team are continuing to work at the zoo to provide vital care to our animals and infrastructure. All non-essential staff are working remotely. As donors and members, we thank you for all you do to look out for our people and our animals.


All reservations will be postponed or canceled untill further notice. If you have a reservation for a birthday party, private party, or Behind the Scenes experience, Kim Sewell will be contacting you to reschedule or cancel your event. You are also welcome to contact Kim directly at / 719-561-1452 x106.

What can you do?

The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid exposure to it by using the normal health precautions you would take to avoid illnesses such as the flu or the common cold.

  • If you are sick, stay home.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often and properly (soap and water, for at least 20 seconds).

  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or objects.

  • If you must sneeze or cough and have no tissue available, do so in the inside of your elbow, not into your hands or into the air.

Additional Resources:

World Health Organization – FAQ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC Hand washing Guidelines


We hope this information helps you feel more informed as you make decisions for yourself and your family, and we thank you for your continued support.

Your support is needed now more than ever.

Closing the zoo will have a significant impact on our ability to maintain staffing at the levels needed. More than 1/3 of our funding comes from ticket sales, events, and rentals. Every $12 ticket loss will be felt acutely.

We are asking that you make a donation today to assist in the care of the animals you know and love. A gift of $75 will feed twenty animals for a week during this crisis. If this ask feels too big, please consider a smaller monthly gift. This will sustain the zoo today and in the future.


Thank you in advance for your unwavering commmitment to the zoo. We hope to be able to see you soon!

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Phone: 719-561-1452  Fax: 719-561-8986


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