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Gladys Porter Zoo to reopen under social distancing guidelines

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (KVEO) — The Gladys Porter Zoo will soon reopen under Governor Greg Abbott’s Phase II Executive Order.

After weeks of fundraising and donations from the community, Brownsville City Commissioners and Zoo Board of Directors have agreed to re-open the zoo with new safety features under CDC social distancing guidelines.

Some of those safety features include installing a new ticketing software system, additional hand-washing stations throughout the zoo and social distance signage.

Zoo marketing director, Cynthia Galvan, says zoo-keepers, staff and animals have made major adjustments over the past few months. The adjustments include plans to use innovative technology to keep everyone on zoo grounds safe.

“Instead of just being able to walk up to the zoo and buy a ticket like you’re used to, you’re going to have to purchase your time slot in advance. This is going to help us so that we don’t have lines of people waiting to get into the zoo…we are only going to sell a certain amount of tickets per time slot, to help us space everybody out through the day,” she explained.

Galvan also mentioned that veterinarians are working around the clock to ensure the safety of all zoo mammals that could be susceptible to COVID-19.

Zoo officials have not released a date on when the zoo will be re-opening.

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