Indianapolis Zoo implements changes for ‘ZooBoo’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — ZooBoo is back at the Indianapolis Zoo, but there a few changes due to COVID-19. 

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Zoo officials are hoping ZooBoo will bring in more attendance. In general, there has been a decrease in visitors. The zoo is limiting the number of admissions due to the guidelines from the city and the state.

But the zoo is making sure those that come do have a fun and most importantly safe experience. They have added additional cleaning, extra hand sanitizing stations and more staff to monitor the number of visitors inside.

ZooBoo officially kicks off Wednesday, Oct.7.

Most activities are now demonstrations inside Pumpkin Town, which allows plenty of space for social distancing.

The zoo was closed for three months during quarantine and put extra safety measures in place since reopening in June.

But income hasn’t been the same.

“At this point, because we are going to have limited attendance during ZooBoo, yeah that is going to impact our revenue,” public relations specialist at the Indianapolis Zoo Carla Knapp said. “We are very fortunate that we have a community that is very supportive of us here at the Indianapolis Zoo and the mission that we are doing. But yes, we absolutely need that community support because revenue is going to be down because attendance is down.”

Guests are encouraged to go online and plan their visit ahead of time. A timed-entry ticket is required, this helps spread out attendance throughout the day. ZooBoo is included with your regular admission ticket. Activities begin every Wednesday through Sunday at 2 p.m.

There is an adult trick-or-treat trail on Fridays and Saturdays for guests 21 and older. Visitors can sample free beverages and then purchase craft beers and cocktails.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a reusable bag for goodies along the trick-or-treat trail.

Guests three and up are required to wear a face mask in all indoor and outdoor areas.

For more information on ZooBoo, click here.