- Starbucks in Brackenridge Park remains open, serving all menu items to-go.
- The Zoo Train in Brackenridge Park operates 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with every other row closed for spacing.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 20, 2020 San Antonio Zoo Contact: Jennifer Pue, Director of Public Relations & Integrated Marketing Jennifer.Pue@sazoo.org LINK TO MEDIA ASSETS: https://sanantoniozoo.box.com/s/etvrv1rooz7bp5vgzkzqlamwdkga7xfp San Antonio Zoo Forced to Furlough Staff Due To Closure SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – By the close of business on March 13, 2020, San Antonio Zoo and Kiddie Park had announced closing through March 20 to the public to be a responsible leader in the community and to help level the curve of the COVID-19 spread. Less than one week later, that initial closure was indefinitely extended as civic leaders urged citizens to stay at home and for businesses to close or remain closed for at least the next 30 days. As a non-profit cultural institution, San Antonio Zoo is entirely dependent on visitation, grants, and donations to operate. The current situation does not allow for the zoo to generate the income needed to fund its fully operational staffing model. “The San Antonio Zoological Society is devastated that due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to furlough a majority of our staff today,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO, San Antonio Zoological Society. “The zoo is a private non-profit 501(c)3, and unlike most zoos in the country, it depends 100% on ticket sales, in-zoo spending, grants, and donations to operate. With our gates closed for the health and wellness of our team and community, the zoo is unable to generate revenue to cover expenses such as labor outside of essential personnel. Critical animal care, infrastructure, safety and security staff continue to work on the grounds to care for our animals and the zoo—other employees who can are working from home. Our zoo crew is our family, and we are assisting everyone affected to obtain governmental assistance and or other jobs within our community. We look forward to brighter days ahead and welcoming our team and guests back to the zoo once we can reopen to the public. At this time, we are asking for donations to assist us in the essential operations and animal care at https://sazoo.org/emergency-fund/.” The Zoo Train and Starbucks will continue to operate in Brackenridge Park with new social distancing procedures.