Families all over enjoy going to a zoo for a little visit with animals that they cannot otherwise see in the wild. These zoos around the world are homes for endangered species, unique species, and other animals that need some help to survive.
You see, most zoos do not house animals that can reside anywhere else. They typically take in animals that are hurt, cannot survive in the wild, or are endangered. The zoos then help keep the animals alive and perhaps partake in some experiments to ensure the captive animals can thrive in our world.
When you opt to take your family to a zoo, there are some expectations that are set forth for you. Below are some tips for you to stay safe when you are visiting a local zoo.
Read all Signs
Make sure you read all the signs at the zoo. These signs will tell you how far away to stay, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to be safe around the enclosures. These signs in the zoo are there to keep the staff, animals, and your family safe during your visit to the zoo.
Do not Approach Animals
Do not approach or feed any animals that may be wandering around freely. Some animals in the zoo may have signs that allow you to feed them specific food or treats, only then can you feed the zoo animals. This ensures everyone always stays safe at the zoo, including the animals.
Be sure to respect the boundaries of the zoo staff, animals, and other guests. There may be signs telling you how far away to stay from the enclosures and how far to keep from open enclosure areas. This is to keep guests and the animals safe. These animals are wild animals, and no matter how long they’ve been in captivity they could react in their instinctual way if they feel threatened.
Keep Kids Safe
Always keep your eyes on your kids when you’re visiting a zoo. Younger kids may not know how to read signs, and older kids may test boundaries more than a younger kid might. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your kids because if they do something wrong, and don’t follow rules it can ruin the fun for everyone and result in lifelong consequences for all.
We hope that these tips to stay safe during a zoo visit will help you enjoy your next zoo visit without any mishaps.