Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

At least a few days before going:

  • Check Internet and/or call zoo to:
    • Confirm hours of park and specific attractions and events
    • Determine whether the attractions you’re interested in are open

Before leaving home/hotel:

  • Wear clothes appropriate for a lot of walking and perhaps rides, e.g., no open-toed footwear

If you visit a petting zoo:

There is a chance of contracting E. coli or salmonella which can be especially harmful to children and the elderly

  • Leave your food and drinks outside the petting zoo enclosure – so the animals can’t get to them and contaminate them

  • Ensure children avoid:

    • Touching or stepping in manure
    • Falling or sitting on the ground
    • Putting their hand or fingers in their mouth (until they wash their hands thoroughly)
  • Don’t share your food with animals

  • After any contact with animals:

    • Don’t put hand or fingers in mouth
    • Wash your hands, and/or,
    • Use hand sanitizer
  • Before eating:

    • Wash your hands again


Thanks for reading!