Last updated: 1.16.22, 9:00 am

While we are excited that many are getting vaccinated, and we can now relax restrictions, the Pueblo Zoo wants to continue to ensure the safety of our animals and our guests. The Zoo cannot validate the vaccination status of each guest so we recommend wearing a mask whether you are vaccinated or not and plan to enter our designated mask zones. We continue to highlight these zones with signs and have them located before you enter the EcoCenter, Islands of Life, World of Color, Safari Café, and Gift Shop.

Protocols and building closures

  • If you are not feeling well, have a temperature, suspect exposure or are awaiting test results, please stay home.

  • ​For the safety of our guests, staff, and animals, face coverings are recommended to enter the zoo and should be used in the mask zones. (Bandana, scarf, home-made masks, face shield, etc.)

  • All buildings are open.

  • The gift shop is open.

  • Select restrooms/water-filling stations are open.

  • Benches are limited to promote social distancing.

  • Keeper talks are postponed at this time.

  • Play structures will be open. Guests are advised to wash hands after usage. 

  • Frequent handwashing and sanitizing are recommended.

  • Are animals susceptible to COVID-19? It is thought that felines (cats), primates and some other animals may be susceptible to COVID-19.  Our zoo takes precautions with all animals and special precautions with those that may be particularly vulnerable to the virus.

  • How does a mask keep animals safe?  Our animals depend on our staff to care for them. We have a small staff with little room for absence and illness and we must keep them safe for their own wellbeing and the health of the animals.

Guest Agreement

Admission to the Pueblo Zoo is contingent on adherence to the rules. Pueblo Zoo may eject a guest for any reason including violation of Zoo rules, illegal activity, misconduct or failure to comply with any and all safety and security rules, laws, ordinances and measures. This includes abiding by safety measures required as a precaution against COVID-19 including but not limited to wearing a face covering (mask).


By accepting admission through your membership or ticket purchase, you agree to assume and release the Pueblo Zoo from all risks associated with the Zoo and conditions and use of the premises including risk of loss, theft, damage to property or personal and bodily injury including illness due to COVID-19 and hereby acknowledge your permission to use your picture or likeness and waive all residual rights or claims.

Being Safe

COVID has reminded us about best practices in keeping us safe from any illness.

  • 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:

3 Steps to a safer community, by State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy

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.