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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Sunset Zoo Temporaily CLOSED due to COVID-19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Phase chart for opening

Sunset Zoo to temporarily close following a directive from City of Manhattan concerning public gathering spaces

Update June 1, 2020 

The City of Manhattan announced today that events and public gatherings of 250 people or more shall be canceled/closed to help slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Following the lead and directive of local and state health and government officials, Sunset Zoo is temporarily closing to the public, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice. 

The zoo will remain CLOSED until further notice, and will provide updates if that date changes based on guidance from local and state authorities. For all facility closings please click the chart to enlarge. 

This will impact all programming related to Sunset Zoo. No educational programming will be operational, including all camps, programs, and external outreach programs. Effective immediately, the ZooSprouts early learning program will be closed permanently. All rentals of the facility will also be suspended until further notice.

Critical operations staff, including animal care teams and other selected employees, will continue working at the zoo to provide vital care to the zoo’s animals and infrastructure. All other employees will work from home if they are able.

Sunset Zoo plans ahead for the animals in its care. The zoo currently has a surplus of essential food and medical supplies for its animals. It will prepare contingencies and proactively monitor the supply chain to ensure essentials remain on hand through the coming months.

For full details about COVID-19 with the City of Manhattan, please visit 

Please click on the MHKPRD Reopening Plan COVID -19  page for an large chart of reopening plans. We are scheduled to open in Phase 3.

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