The Lake Superior Zoo remains open and we are taking the proper precautions to protect staff, visitors, and volunteers from COVID-19. As an outdoor public venue that is similar to many places people visit in the course of daily life, these precautions will help us ensure the health of our visitors and community. We are implementing our Internal Level One Response Plan and more information about that can be found below.

As a Zoo, we already have a rigorous cleaning routine and are taking steps beyond that to maintain a healthy environment for visitors, staff, volunteers, and our community. This includes increased attention to disinfecting and sanitizing high-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, desks, sinks, handles, toilets, habitat windows and glass, etc.

As you know, one of our values is putting animals first always. There are many coronaviruses affecting humans and animals, but these are different and not responsible for this disease. Although the virus may have originated from an animal source, in its current form it is a human infection with no evidence that it can be transmitted to animals. While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading person-to-person. The CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.

We are continually monitoring all recommendations and guidelines brought forth by local, state, and national entities. As more information becomes available and the situation evolves, we will adjust our actions accordingly.

We will remain open daily and events will continue as scheduled at this time. If this changes, we will share that information via email, social media, and on our website at (

For more information, please call us at 218-730-4500 or email