April 9, 2020

Caring Through a Crisis


While the Zoo remains closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated caretakers and veterinarians have been continuing to provide the highest standards of care and welfare for our animals on site.

To ensure the safety of the animals and the staff, our animal care specialists have been wearing gloves and masks. In addition, we have continued to deep clean all areas of the property.

At this time, our animal residents are behaving normally. They are being well cared for during this crisis, as staff have been spending additional time with them to keep them enriched and engaged with new toys, training sessions, and special treats.

Our animal care specialists are always alert to changing behaviors in our animals and inform the veterinary team whenever necessary. Questions about animal/human transmission and testing are answered in this FAQ from the USDA.

The entire Zoo family thanks all our supporters that have reached out to help during this difficult time. For the safety of all, no non-employees are permitted on Zoo grounds during the current closure. However, please consider giving to our Emergency Operating Fund to help us support the care of our 7,000 animal residents.

We will continue to monitor any new developments, re-evaluate our steps and actions, and follow the guidance and directives of the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you soon!