Santa Ana Zoo animals welcome back the humans

Lou, a 39-year-old macaw, is still a vibrantly feathery, stunning bird when checked out from another six-feet back.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, he was out with Education And Learning Expert Lauren Bergh welcoming, from a social distance, site visitors back to the Santa Ana Zoo for the very first time in virtually six months.

  • Education And Learning Expert Lauren Bergh reveals off Lou, a 39-year-old macaw, to visitors at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after 6 months of closure because of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) outbreak.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Ming-Jou Chen, left takes a picture of her boy, Hobie Aoki, 2, as Education Specialist Lauren Bergh hold Lou, a 39-year-old macaw, at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after six months of closure because of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

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  • Maura Velasco and her sons, Ethan, as well as Theo, 7, have a look at the primates at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after six months of closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-1O) episode.
    ( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • A Cotton-Top Tamarin hangs out waiting on site visitors at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after six months of closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Several of the pathways at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo are one way to help the pedestrian circulation on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after 6 months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Education And Learning Specialist Lauren Bergh reveals Lou, a 39-year-old macaw, to Hobie Aoki, 2, at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after 6 months of closure because of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

  • Lou, a 39-year-old macaw, welcomes site visitors at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after 6 months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

  • Eileen Lopez, and her boy, Lucas Lopez, 3, stroll the pathway at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after 6 months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) outbreak.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Farm caretaker Matt Deteresa takes vehicle of the brand-new mini donkeys Dante and Sebastian at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after six months of closure because of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) outbreak.
    ( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Region Register/SCNG).

  • Picket fencings are including extra distancing between visitors as well as animals at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo reopened after six months of closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-1O) outbreak.
    ( Picture by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Social distancing reminders get on the pathways at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after six months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) break out.
    ( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG).

  • Olivia Legacki, 5, and also her brothers, Luke Legacki, 5, and Carter Legacki, 1, browse plexiglass as they examine out the primates at the Santa Ana (CA) Zoo on Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020. The zoo resumed after 6 months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-1O) episode. According to Zoo Manager Ethan Fisher, the clear barriers have been contributed to some enclosures to ensure visitors don’t send diseases to the animals.
    ( Image by Jeff Gritchen, Orange Area Register/SCNG).

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The city’s zoo revealed that it would reopen on Wednesday, eventually after Orange County progressed in the state’s coronavirus radar to the red tier, which eased some limitations and also permitted zoos, galleries and various other non-essential locations in the county to resume with alterations.

Considering that March, the zoo’s personnel has actually been making adjustments to the center based on state regulations to develop a safe experience for visitors as well as pets alike, stated zoo supervisor Ethan Fisher.

One-way directional courses have actually been produced throughout the zoo as well as Plexiglass displays or wood fencing added in front of the majority of exhibitions.

” It’s even more of a passive experience with strolling around the zoo,” Fisher claimed. “All the paths are open as well as you can see all the animals, but some of the high touch scenarios like feeding the goats in the goat yard as well as the play location are closed off.”

Face masks are called for unless visitors are eating or drinking in the designated areas.

High touch areas consisting of the play ground, labyrinths, bird aviary and goat yard in the farm will be shut, in addition to the Zoofari Express train, Preservation Carousel and also 50 Apes Ferris Wheel. The interior Exploration Outpost exhibit will additionally stay shut.

While there will not be any kind of feeding or touching of pets at any time soon, there will certainly be some socially distanced pet discussions and also education programs from zoo team and volunteers.

Some brand-new zoo locals, consisting of a set of small donkeys and also peacocks, are inviting site visitors.

” Many individuals have not seen our young anteater, Pumpkin. He was born in November as well as he was rather little early in 2020, so the majority of people didn’t have a possibility to see him before we closed in March,” Fisher said.

Pumpkin currently weights concerning 50 extra pounds, Fisher said. “He’s quite energetic in exploring his environment and also hopefully people delight in seeing him.”

While the zoo obtains financing from the city of Santa Ana as well as OC Parks as well as Leisure, having visitors once more will certainly aid counter the expense of running the facility along with support conservation programs, Fisher said. The majority of the jeopardized types at the zoo and also a great deal of the primates are generated via collaborative preservation programs dealing with other zoos as well as fish tanks.

The expense of admission will certainly remain the same: $12 for grownups, $9 for youngsters and also seniors. The brand-new Santa Ana Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The zoo will certainly be shut on Mondays as well as Tuesdays for currently.

Team Writer Ian Wheeler contributed to this report.

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