Posted: Apr 2, 2010 3:56 pm
Memphis Zoo Announces Revised Admission Policies
MEMPHIS, TENN. – The Memphis Zoo today announced revised admission policies that are aimed at the Zoo's ever growing attendance. "Our top priority is the safety of our guests, Zoo staff and animals," said Dr. Chuck Brady, Zoo president and CEO. "We are committed to providing Zoo visitors with an educational, fun and safe experience."
The Zoo will continue to allow free general admission on Tuesday afternoons after 2 p.m., commonly known as Free Tuesday. Many revisions to the Zoo's policy affect the Free Tuesday program. Those changes include discontinuing the Free Tuesday program during the month of March and managing the admittance of minors into the Zoo. Effective April 6, 2010 people planning to visit the Zoo during Free Tuesday hours will be required to adhere to the following policies:
* - The Memphis Zoo allows free general admission to Tennessee residents on Tuesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to close.
* - Persons ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult ages 21 or older.
* - Adults ages 21 and older may accompany up to five children ages 16 and under.
* - Photo ID with proof of age and TN residency are required for free admittance. Current college or military photo ID will be accepted.
* - Free Tuesdays will not be held during the month of March.
"The Zoo is committed to the Free Tuesday program as a way to provide access to all segments of our community," said Dr. Brady. "This program and its participants will benefit from the new guidelines put in place. A visit during Free Tuesday should be just as enriching and enjoyable as a visit on any other day." A new policy in effect every day is an overall cap on the number of visitors inside the Zoo. Revised general admission policies will apply every day of Zoo operation:
* - The Zoo's capacity is 10,000 people inside the park at any one time. Once capacity is reached, admission to the Zoo will not be permitted.
* - The Memphis Zoo reserves the right to refuse or permit admission at its discretion.
Memphis Zoo officials have shared its new admission policies with Memphis Mayor AC Wharton's office and Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin. The Zoo will partner with the Memphis Police Department and provide them with alerts during large attendance days so the police can plan for appropriate crowd and traffic control. These high-attendance alerts will also be made public on the Zoo's Web site, the Zoo's Twitter and Facebook pages, by phone and on signage around the perimeter of Overton Park. The revised admission policies are in addition to the Zoo rules that it requires visitors to observe:
* - The Zoo does not allow balloons, glass containers, alcohol, weapons, bicycles, rollerblades, skates or the popular roller shoes, Heely's®, on its property. Coolers and children's wagons are welcome
* - Appropriate dress for a family-friendly institution is required. Attire not permitted includes, but is not limited to, visible underwear and clothing that promotes or displays profanity, violence, drugs or alcohol or criminal activity.
* - Profane language, fighting, or any acts of violence are strictly prohibited.
* - Pets are not allowed inside the Zoo. Please make arrangements to board your animal before visiting.
* - To protect the health and safety of our animals and visitors, the Memphis Zoo is a smoke-free facility.