ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre walk-through zoo that is home to more than 200 native North American animals, opened to the public June 22. ZooAmerica will be open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM through July 2. Starting July 3, the Zoo will be open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM through Labor Day.
As part of the opening weekend, ZooAmerica announced the birth of three Canada lynx kittens. The kittens were born to Wren (7) and Woody (15) on April 17. This is the first successful litter of Canada lynx born at ZooAmerica in the 17 years that lynx have been captivating the hearts of Zoo guests in The Sweetest Place On Earth. Woody and Wren are a recommended pair for breeding by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Canada Lynx Species Survival Plan, which oversees the population management of select species.
At this time, Wren and the kittens have a sectioned area of the habitat and the den area in the Northlands region of ZooAmerica to explore. The kittens may not always be visible to guests, as they retreat to their den often and spend a lot of time sleeping.
ZooAmerica has implemented a variety of new safety enhancements that adhere to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and various industry organizations. Here is how ZooAmerica is welcoming guests back to a fun, educational and safe environment:
Increased Cleaning & Sanitization: We will sanitize high-touch areas frequently and add sanitization stations throughout ZooAmerica.
Capacity Management: We have reduced capacity to allow for appropriate social distancing.
Face Coverings & Temperature Screenings: All guests over the age of two are required to wear face coverings. Guests should also be prepared to undergo a touchless temperature screening prior to entering ZooAmerica.
Social Distancing: We will reinforce appropriate social distancing through signage and ground markings.
Animal Exhibits & Animal Encounters: All indoor locations are temporarily closed and animal encounters are temporarily cancelled.
Enhanced Team Member Training: Our team members will undergo increased training on new protocols.
The new safety guidelines are detailed at www.ZooAmerica.com/safety.php.
Regular admission to ZooAmerica for ages 9-61 is $13.00. Junior and senior admission for ages 3-8 and 62+ is $11.00. ZooAmerica is also included with admission to Hersheypark starting July 2 when entered through the Park; hours vary.