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Henry Doorly Zoo to open Aquarium and Desert Dome on Wednesday

Henry Doorly Zoo to open Aquarium and Desert Dome on Wednesday

For the first time since the coronavirus shuttered the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium in mid-March, indoor exhibits are reopening.

The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium and Desert Dome open to the public Wednesday.

“Beginning to open indoor exhibits is a day we have been looking forward to,” Dennis Pate, president and CEO of the zoo, said in a statement. Additional reopenings will be one step at a time, he said.

The zoo reopened its outdoor exhibits June 1. Not yet open to the public are the Lied Jungle and the Kingdoms of the Night.

Indoor exhibits will be limited to 50% capacity, and visitors must wear masks to protect the animals. Children under age 5 and those with health issues will be exempt from the mask requirement.

Visitors still must reserve a time slot for their visit, and that can be done on the zoo’s website.

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The zoo has been open for nearly a week and looks much different amid the coronavirus pandemic. All indoor exhibits are closed, and visitors are funneled on a one-way walk around the zoo. More exhibits could open in the next two or three weeks, zoo director Dennis Pate said.

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