Coronavirus: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden closes to avoid spread

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden  is closing temporarily starting March 15 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, their website stated.

While no cases of coronavirus have been found at the zoo, they are closing to ensure the safety of guests and staff. The decision was tough, a release on the zoo’s website said, but the release said it was important to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We know you have concerns about our staff and animals and want to reassure you that our animal team will continue to provide excellent care for our animals,” said Director Thane Maynard. “We have a surplus of food and essential medical supplies, so we can take care of them while we’re closed.”

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To keep the community involved, the zoo will offer Facebook Live sessions about zoo animals, starting with Fiona the hippo, on Monday.

The release advised anyone who had purchased tickets to look through their emails for more information.

For more about the status of the zoo, visit

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