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Henry Vilas Zoo encourages patrons to wear masks to protect animals from COVID-19


MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Henry Vilas Zoo is encouraging its patron to proceed carrying masks Wednesday as the brand new Dane County emergency order takes place, saying its animals are nonetheless in danger for catching COVID-19.

Kristin Moala, advertising and marketing supervisor on the zoo, stated animals which are inclined to being contaminated with the virus haven’t had gotten a COVID-19 vaccine made for animals.

“The benefit of the masks mandate does make it tougher to open a few of our indoor areas,” stated Moala. “We’re a smaller zoo and we’re a free zoo, so it’s tougher to workers each indoor animal space. Each single indoor animal space does home COVID inclined animals.”

Emergency Order #15 came about in Dane County Wednesday, which means folks within the county now not have to put on masks throughout outside actions, nor are there caps positioned on how many individuals can attend an outside gathering.

Moala stated regardless of the order, about 90% of people that got here into the zoo Wednesday had been carrying a masks.

“We’re inspired to see that and see that they’re taking the security of the animals so critically, and we hope folks proceed to put on a masks regardless that its not mandated anymore,” stated Moala.

There are nonetheless different COVID-19 precautions in place on the zoo, akin to one-way strolling paths, closed play areas and masks necessities at indoor zoo services. The zoo hopes to have most indoor reveals open later this summer time, together with the brand new child otters.

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