The animals are still very visible, though. The fencing, while guiding visitors down a one-way path, does not stand in front of every exhibit.
For example, the wolf-hybrids and tortoise exhibits don’t have additional orange fencing. From what Chambers understands, reptiles cannot contract the virus, and the exhibits for animals like wolf-hybrids are already far enough away from the trails in the zoo.
In April, the Austin Zoo took in another rescue: Zulema the White Bengal Tiger.
Zulema arrived after a drug bust by the Drug Enforcement Agency in South Texas. The tiger is susceptible to the coronavirus and as the newest resident at the Austin Zoo, Chambers is worried people will gather near her enclosure and break social distancing guidelines.
Zulema’s exhibit does not have any orange fencing around it. Chambers said she will probably move around enough that she won’t be in front of any one guest for too long.
Clark said the zoo will also require everyone over age 2 to wear a mask when at the property. She said certain zoo animals, including felines and primates, could be susceptible to the coronavirus, and masks will help keep both animals and visitors more safe.
Other big cat enclosures do have orange fencing in addition to the black, metal barrier that’s been at the Austin Zoo for years.
Other policies in place include, no feeding or petting animals, and tickets must be purchased online. No tickets will be sold at the front entrance; however, guests can buy masks if they did not bring one of their own.
Other zoos to checkout, include the Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City, Texas!