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Brandywine Zoo open to public

The Brandywine Zoo is reopening to visitors in phases starting tomorrow, with limited hours and new measures to ensure the safety of guests, staff and animals.

Members were able to visit the zoo starting Wednesday, June 10 and non-members starting Thursday, June 11.

The zoo will be open from 10 am to 4 pm daily, but guests will be limited to visiting during two-hour timeframes from 10 am to Noon or 1 to 3 pm. All visitors 13 and older are required to wear face masks, and visitors will follow one-way paths throughout the Zoo.

Preregistration is required

Members planning to visit the zoo must pre-register online. But non-members must pre-purchase admission tickets by calling 302-571-7788, ext. 213. Guests will not be permitted entry into the zoo without pre-registration. More information about admission.

Because the zoo has limited access to some experiences and an exciting new exhibit under construction, reduced off-season admission prices will apply. Reduced admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 3 and older.

Other safety measures

During this temporary phased opening, the zoo experience may look a little different.  The following enhanced protocols have been implemented until further notice:

  • The number of visitors allowed in the Zootique gift shop at one time will be limited
  • The zoo will be completely cleaned and sanitized after each visitor session
  • Purchases will be limited to credit cards only – a $5 minimum applies, except for at vending machines, which are cash only.
  • Some exhibits may be closed due to construction or safety of the animals
  • The Barnyard is limited to viewing only; visitors may not enter the yard to interact with goats until further notice.
  • The education building, child play areas, water fountains and restrooms at the back of the zoo remain closed
  • Keeper Talks and Creature Features have been cancelled
  • Interactive education stations will be unavailable

The zoo has been closed to visitors since mid-March due to construction and the COVIC-19 pandemic; however, staff has continued to care for the animals and prepare for reopening.

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