TORONTO, ON, Wednesday, October 13, 2021: Your Toronto Zoo today announced that it will be implementing a mandatory vaccination policy for eligible guests, members, business partners, contractors and all other visitors ages 12+ to our Zoo site beginning Monday October 25, 2021. Through the pandemic, your Toronto Zoo has been consistently reviewing operations and developing processes to ensure the safety of all. As a next step and additional precaution, this new mandatory vaccination implementation will support us in doing our best to protect our staff and volunteer teams, our guests, COVID-19 susceptible animals, and our broader community.

“Our decision to implement this policy is based on many factors, including our responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of our staff, our guests and our animals. As a science-based institution, we fully support the evidence that vaccination protects individuals from serious illness and COVID-19 spread”, said Dolf DeJong, Toronto Zoo CEO. “It is also important to understand that some of our animals are susceptible to COVID-19 illness, including gorillas, orangutans, tigers and lions, to name a few. We will use every tool at our disposal to protect our animals and in particular, endangered species from developing illness due to COVID-19.”

Zoo guests and members have shown great confidence in the health and safety protocols that have been enforced as they returned to the Zoo throughout the various stages of this pandemic and re-opening.  While a Zoo visit includes a lot of outdoor space for guests to enjoy, many animals, including  our COVID-19 susceptible animals, and amenities are located indoors, and as the weather begins to shift to cooler temperatures, guests will be visiting these indoor locations more frequently, making this mandatory vaccination policy even more critical at this time of year.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR OUR MEDIA CONTACTS:  Please note that all media visiting the Zoo as of Monday October 25, 2021 will also be required to show proof of full vaccination in order to gain entry to the Zoo.


Media Contact Information:

Katie Gray
Manager of Strategic Communications

Amy Naylor
Media Relations Associate

For full article visit: Toronto Zoo | Media Room

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