The Philadelphia Zoo Will Be Reopening with Restrictions in Early July

Yesterday the Philadelphia Zoo announced that they will be reopening with restrictions in early July! I cannot tell you how happy and excited I was to hear this amazing news!

The Zoo will open to Philadelphia Zoo members beginning July 6th and to the public July 9th.

“We are thrilled to welcome our members and guests back to the Zoo,” says Vikram H. Dewan, the Zoo’s President and CEO. “On the first visit back, guests will find that some of the procedures look a bit different, but with more than 1300 rare and endangered animals in our care, and many visitors onsite, the enhanced procedures will help with maintaining a delightful, clean and safe experience,” says Dewan.

The Zoo will limit visitor capacity and implement health and safety measures recommended by state and local officials to provide a safe environment for all visitors, staff and animals. “We are happy to welcome everyone back to see our amazing animals and excited staff while connecting with nature and the outdoors,” says Dewan. “We are committed to creating a great environment for everyone. With 42-acres of beautiful gardens, the Zoo is the perfect spot to connect with loved ones while enjoying the outdoors,” says Dewan.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Zoo


Some of the changes expected for visitors pre-visit and while at the zoo include:


* All visitors MUST reserve / pre-purchase timed-tickets for admission at Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite.
* Tickets for ages 2+ are $20, and parking is $17 per vehicle. Children under age 2 are free but must have a reserved ticket.
* Members must make advanced reservations online and may reserve one visit per membership at a time for up to the number of adults, children and guests covered by their membership.
* Social distancing is required. Masks are required for guests 8+
* Masks are encouraged for children age 2-7
* No masks for children under 2

While at the Zoo:
* Indoor animal exhibits and attractions including the Rainforest Carousel, Wildworks Ropes Course, SEPTA PZ Express Train, and Swan Boats remain closed.
* Touchless toilets, faucets, paper towel and soap dispensers.
* Hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus.
* More grab and go food selections and touchless transactions at food locations like The Urban Green, Impala Plaza, Eagles’ Roost—for mobile order scheduled pick-up as well as window service and Dippin’ Dots.
* Guests can bring their own food in the Zoo.
* Clean Team – staffers dedicated to sanitizing and cleaning high touch areas.
* New procedures that allow public safety officers to check bags without touching.

Members can reserve tickets online beginning Thursday, June 25th and the public can purchase tickets online beginning Friday June 26th at


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