The Santa Barbara Zoo has been temporarily closed since 3/17/20 to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
(updated 3/23/20 @ 12:30 PM)
While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Santa Barbara Zoo, the health of staff, volunteers, guests, community, and animals is our top priority. We closed 3/17/20 as a precautionary measure, and on 3/19/20 Governor Newsom issued a stay at home order for the state of California.
Only essential Zoo employees will continue to report to work, in order to care for the animals and facility. At this time, there is no indication that this virus is of immediate concern to any of the animals. The Zoo’s animal health experts on staff are in communication with public health officials, along with local and national veterinary networks, to stay up-to-date on animals in human care and any potential risks.
All events (public and private), education programs, and other meetings have been canceled through May 10, 2020 according to the orders issued by the state of California.
The Zoo will continue to follow the updates and guidance of the Center for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and will re-evaluate next steps following their guidance and directives.We will continue to communicate any changes via our website, emails, and social media channels as new information becomes available. We look forward to welcoming the public back once it’s safe, and appreciate our community’s ongoing support.
We encourage you to stay up to date on the latest coronavirus developments. Here are some of the sources we are using to monitor the virus: CDC COVID-19 Overview and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.