Zoo Safety Rules

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For your safety and the welfare of the animals at the Zoo, please obey all posted signs and guidelines throughout the Zoo’s property.

The Zoo Staff will remove anyone who violates Zoo Guidelines.  We Reserve the right to inspect anything that is brought into the Zoo.

No Pets
Pets of any kind are prohibited from the Zoo area for reasons of animals health and safety. Also, DO NOT leave pets in your car while you are in the zoo. Service animals are allowed in the zoo however they are not permitted in the following areas: petting zoo, deer forest, or near the big cat habitats (tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopard)

Respect Our Animals
Please treat the Zoo’s animals with the respect they deserve.  Remember, the Zoo is their home.  Animals act naturally and are easier to see in a calm environment, so please do not yell at them or bang on enclosures.

Follow the Rules in the Deer Forest
In the Deer Forest, wait for the deer to come to you.  Never chase or yell at them as this stresses them out. Animals prefer quiet. Also, please stay on the path and do not wander into the forest. This is for the safety of our animals and our visitors. Only feed the deer the food we provide. Outside food can make them very sick.

Do Not Throw Objects Anywhere in the Zoo Except in the Trash Containers 
Foreign objects like coins, rocks, straws, or any plastics can (and have) injured and even killed animals in our Zoo. Do not lean close when taking photos of the primates. It may look cute when they reach for your phone, but if they get it they will destroy it and injure themselves.

Do Not Bring Outside Food For Our Animals
All of our animals’ diets include specific foods.  Any food not part of that diet may be harmful, even if it seems like they could eat it. It is Illegal according to the USDA to bring food for the animals into the Zoo. Feeding of the animals is allowed in the Petting Zoo and Deer Forest with food that is provided by the Zoo.
Note: Please do not give deer feed to the goats in the petting zoo. It makes them ill, only feed them the food available at the petting zoo.

Wash your hands after touching animals at the Zoo, especially before eating. Stay on the walkways.

Never Cross Any Fence or Barrier Within the Zoo
Please do not try to touch the animals not in the deer forest or petting zoo. All animals can bite and their habitats are their homes. This is for the safety of both our visitors and our animals.

Wear Proper Attire
Keep your shirt and shoes on while walking around the Zoo! We suggest wearing comfortable shoes due to our uneven terrain. We don’t suggest flip flops.

Children Must be Supervised at All Times
Children must be supervised at all times while in all areas of the Zoo, including play areas, rides, and the Zoo’s Gift Shop. Children MUST be accopamnied by an adult while in the petting zoo and deer forest.

Do Not Run in the Zoo
The Zoo location is on a hill. For your safety, please do not run.

Additional:

  • Watch for runaway strollers and wagons.
  • Adults are responsible for the safety of their children while at the Zoo.
  • The Zoo’s First Aid Office is located at the entrance.  It is open every day for any of your first aid needs.
  • Rest rooms are located throughout the Zoo and can be found near Clarice’s Cupboard, The Zebra Cafe, and the playground.  A drinking fountain is located near the playground.
  • Please turn in or check for Lost and Found Items and the Main Entrance of the Zoo.
  • Baby Changing Tables are located in the Zoo’s restrooms at the Zebra Cafe and across from the North American Porcupine enclosure.

The Zoo Staff will remove anyone who violates Zoo Guidelines.  We Reserve the right to inspect anything that is brought into the Zoo.