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Published on: 29 August 2020

After nearly five months, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce that its National Zoological Garden (NZG) will open to the public under alert level 2 as published in the Government Gazette Notice Number 43620 on 17 August 2020. The NZG, together with its satellite campus, the Mokopane Biodiversity Conservation Centre, in Limpopo, will re-open to the public on Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

“The reopening of the zoo will be subject to strict COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols, and full compliance to alert level 2 COVID-19 regulations. The welfare of our visitors, animals and staff is of paramount importance to us, and we therefore urge all our patrons to wear face masks at all times, frequently wash their hand or sanitise, and maintain social distancing whilst they are on our premises.” says Ms Carmel Mbizvo, Acting Chief Executive Officer of SANBI.

Following extensive risk assessment at the zoological gardens, certain activities and areas will be prohibited or limited to carrying capacity as prescribed by the regulations. These include the use of the children’s play areas, subject to adherence of all health protocols and viewing of primates and cats in enclosures where there are no physical barriers between animals and visitors.

Access to certain confined spaces such as the aquarium, gorilla viewing area and Komodo dragon house will be monitored and limited to 50 per cent of its carrying capacity and available space that promotes social distancing.

In preparation for the return of visitors, the zoo has:

  • Laid out physical social distancing markers in various areas,
  • placed self-service sanitisation stations for our guest in various areas,
  • temporarily closed indoor viewing exhibits and only allow controlled access to confined spaces,
  • provided our guest relations staff with training on COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

The zoo’s golf carts will be operational and all kiosks as well as main restaurant, the Dududuku, will be open for the sale of hot takeaway meals.

The zoo is open from 08:30-17:30, Monday to Sunday.

Enquiries:
Angeliné Schwan
Communications Officer
Cell: 079 998 7715
Tel.: 012 854 5254
E-mail: a.schwan@sanbi.org.za

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