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Vilas Zoo reopening Lake Wingra entrance, Children’s Zoo on Monday

Vilas Zoo reopening Lake Wingra entrance, Children’s Zoo on Monday

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Kristin Moala, marketing manager for the Vilas Zoo, paints directional arrows on a walkway inside the facility’s Children’s Zoo Friday. The work is being done in preparation for the reopening of the area on Monday. Also reopening on Monday is the zoo’s Lake Wingra entrance.

Vilas Zoo will reopen its Children’s Zoo and Lake Wingra entrance on Monday.

The zoo closed for the first time in its more than 100-year history on March 14, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Much of the zoo opened again on June 18, but the Children’s Zoo remained closed.

“Our goal is to phase in reopening as safely and quickly as possible,” Ronda Schwetz, executive zoo director, said in a statement. “The Children’s Zoo has the narrowest walkways throughout the whole zoo, which is why it has been the last outdoor area to remain closed. We also have COVID-susceptible gibbons and had to modify their outdoor exhibit space to ensure we are protecting them.”

The Children’s Zoo features gibbons, red pandas, goats, meerkats and other animals.

In addition, guests will be able to ride the carousel seven days a week. Carousel rides are $3. The Glacier Grille and Chocolate Shoppe also will be open daily, the zoo said.

The train and playground will remain closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

The zoo is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All zoo visitors ages 5 and older are still required to wear a face mask.

Photos: Henry Vilas Zoo reopens


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