R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Our Animals and Facilities
The following are rules for visitor conduct at the zoo. Staff reserves the right to ask any individual or group to leave if they are found in violation of these policies. We encourage all visitors to enjoy the zoo in a safe and respectful manner.
WALKING ON THE TRAILS
- Our pathways and trails are not paved, so they may be uneven in places. Running along trails poses a safety risk for falls and injuries. It is also a safety risk for staff who may use trails when handling, walking or transporting animals. We ask that all visitors walk at a safe pace on our trails.
LEAVE THE FEEDINGS TO US!
- Zoo staff provides diets for the animals which are healthy and nutritionally balanced. Human food, plants picked along zoo trails, and other items outside of their prepared diet can be unhealthy for the animals and may lead to unexpected injury, illness or death. Visitors should refrain from feeding the animals both for their own safety and for that of the animal.
NO CLIMBING ON OR OVER FENCES
- Trail and habitat fences are in place for the protection of both visitors and animals. No person of any age for any reason (except zoo staff) should lean, climb or reach across zoo fences. Wooden trail fences are designed to keep visitors in safe trail areas, however they are not built to withstand leaning or sitting and may break unexpectedly. We ask that visitors use benches for seating, not the trail fences. Photography must be conducted from designated visitors areas, safely behind trail fences.
SHOWING RESPECT, TEACHING RESPECT
- The zoo is home to orphaned and injured wild animals. We provide these animals with a home while teaching visitors about them. We ask that all visitors remember the zoo is the animal's home, and we are visitors there. No visitor of any age should treat the animals in a disrespectful manner by yelling at them or throwing objects. In addition to adult visitors refraining from these activities, we ask that they correct children and take the opportunity to explain why certain behaviors might have a negative impact on animals (yelling causes stress in an animal with sensitive hearing, throwing rocks causes stress in an animal that cannot move away). Please show the animals the respect they deserve, and help us teach this conduct to the next generation of animal caregivers.
THE ZOO IS A NO SMOKING ZONE!
- Smoking is not allowed on zoo grounds, trails or in visitor buildings. Visitors may only smoke in the zoo parking lot or outside of the admissions area before entering the zoo. Smoking creates a fire hazard along trails and the cigarette ends may be carried by wind or animals into zoo enclosures. Visitors caught smoking anywhere within the zoo grounds may be asked to leave.