Woodland Park Zoo postpones Earth Day event as coronavirus precaution

Mar 17 2020, 8:19 pm

Following the direction of Washington State health and government officials, the Woodland Park Zoo is postponing its Earth Day for All event until the summer.

Earth Day for All was previously scheduled to take place on April 25 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act but is being moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than canceling the event, the Woodland Park Zoo will be adding the pre-planned activities to their Living Northwest Fest, which celebrates the animals, people, and places that make the Pacific Northwest great.

This summer’s Earth Day will highlight the zoo’s commitment to inspire conservation through family-friendly activities including pollinator awareness, tours of the Zoo Doo yard, and special animal talks.

Since Thursday, March 12, the Woodland Park Zoo has temporarily closed to the public until March 31.

“Critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, will continue working at the zoo to provide vital care to the zoo’s animals and infrastructure. All other employees will work from home if they are able or receive paid leave or if their job cannot be conducted remotely,” said the zoo in a statement.

The zoo has already been planning ahead for the animals in its care, keeping a surplus of essential food and medical supplies on hand. Woodland Park zookeepers will continue to monitor the supply chain.

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