Potawatomi Zoo reopening this weekend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Otters, tortoises, and bison, oh my!

As Governor Eric Holcomb's back on track plan is coming into phase 4: that means many recreational businesses and spaces like zoos are able to re-open.

The Potawatomi Zoo is no exception and will be welcoming back patrons starting Sunday, June 14th.

Sunday through Thursday will only be open to Potawatomi Zoo members only.

They will be required to register online before going to the zoo.

You can sign up online at the Potawatomi Zoo's website.

The registration will allow you to pick the time you are wanting to go into the zoo, still free for members, so that the staff can allow for physical distancing when going into the entrance.

For the general public, they will be able to enjoy the zoo experience starting Friday, June 19th.

They will also be required to register and pay online before arriving to the zoo.

Aside from changes into the zoo there are some changes on the inside.

One of the changes is that using the machines available to feed animals will not be allowed for the near future as the zoo is working to limit touch exposure.

Some of the other attractions will also be closed for the time being including the carousel and the golden tortoise.

However, there are plenty of options to still experience the zoo in it's entirety!

The train will be up and running with plexi glass shields in between each of the seats.

Guests will still be able to pet the animals in the farm animal area and coming up in July, the staff is aiming to allow petting and possibly feeding experiences back in.

If you have any questions on registration or what will and will not be available, the zoo's website https://www.potawatomizoo.org/ will be the best place to go.

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