Columbus Zoo and Aquarium temporarily cancels some events, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden closes

Stock photo of a gorilla.
Stock photo of a gorilla.

Credit: Marcel Langthim /

Credit: Marcel Langthim /

UPDATE @ 5:29 p.m.:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be closed to the public starting March 15. The Zoo will remain closed until further notice.

To continue engagement with the public, Cincinnati Zoo will offer Safari Facebook Live sessions starting Monday March 16 at 3pm. Each session will highlight an animal and provide an activity that can be done at home. The first session will feature the beloved hippo, Fiona.

“While there have been no known cases of exposure to COVID-19 at the Zoo, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, guests, community and animals is our top priority,” they said.

“Our community has always been supportive of the Zoo, through thick and thin. And with that support, we will get through this,” they said.

Initial Report

In an effort to take precautionary measures during the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are cancelling events until at least April 6.

Public indoor facilities, rides, events, tours and programs will be cancelled beginning March 14, according to a release.

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“At this time, most outdoor animal habitats will remain open and some food and beverage offerings will be available, though on a limited basis,” they said.

“Guests will receive half off admission prices, and refunds will be issued for events, tours and programs.”

The facility is closely monitoring developments of the coronavirus and will provide updates as necessary, they said.