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John Ball Zoo hopes to reopen for 2020 season on May 29

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Posted at 2:16 AM, May 14, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — John Ball Zoo wants to reopen later than normal for the 2020 season on May 29th when the governor's stay home order is set to expire.

The zoo said that is not a decision they wanted to make, citing revue losses of $1M a month for April and May. That number could jump to $2M monthly if the zoo were to remain closed in June and July.

Despite the losses, the zoo is following advice to avoid transmission from humans to animals given at times the close proximity.

"We have a very specific protocols and policies as far as the care and welfare of our animals and so we're also taking advice from our veterinarian team and our team of animal care experts as to what is best for animals," said Mike Lomonaco, Chief Community Engagement Officer at John Ball Zoo.

Lomonaco said the zoo may have to limit some of its experiences like not having some of its indoor facilities open but says their team is focused on delivering an exceptional experience.

The zoo has plans in place to reopen safely when the time comes and may have to limit zoo capacity which might mean tickets could have time window restrictions.