Memphis Zoo Issues Statement Regarding Covid-19
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Memphis Zoo Issues Statement Regarding Covid-19

On Sunday, April 5th Memphis Zoo officials learned about a Bronx Zoo tiger testing positive for Covid-19.

The health and well-being of the animals and staff at Memphis Zoo continues to be our top priority.

 “We remain vigilant, implementing the safest practices possible for our animals and care teams,” said senior Memphis Zoo veterinarian Dr. Felicia Knightly.

 Currently, we are not testing any of our animals for coronavirus and none of our animals are showing any symptoms of this virus.

Memphis Zoo continues to follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations for businesses by encouraging staff to stay home if unwell, emphasizing respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene and routinely cleaning all surfaces. 

Memphis Zoo has been closed to the public since March 17, 2020.


The United States Department of Agriculture advises that anyone sick with the coronavirus should minimize contact with animals, including pets until more information is known about the virus. 

Have other questions about Covid-19 and animals? Please visit the USDA’s website regarding this matter.