OTTAWA (May 7, 2020) –

“As governments across Canada begin to evaluate what can be opened and under what conditions, Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums are eager to share how they are prepared to re-open and respect health officials’ guidelines,” said Jim Facette, Executive Director.

This industry met via Zoom last Friday to share plans, examine different scenarios, and generally exchange best practices. As the different facilities open at different times, accredited zoos and aquariums will continue to exchange information.

In a letter to all Ministers responsible for tourism, Mr. Facette said, “Among the procedures expected to be used include:

  • Using Google maps to help with creating 10m2 family bubbles
  • one-way directional pathways
  • hand sanitizers through the park
  • use of masks by staff and visitors where necessary
  • timed ticketing
  • on-line payment and limited use of cash”

He cited that Canada’s 30 accredited zoos and aquariums will also close off areas, large food spaces, planned camps, and other similar activities as they strive to welcome visitors back knowing they have taken necessary health precautions.

As governments across Canada roll out and move through their respective plans, as an organization CAZA is prepared to provide whatever is necessary to make a government’s job easier.

About CAZA:

CAZA is the voice of zoos and aquariums in Canada. We are the leading organization in Canadian animal welfare standards development, our accreditation process includes expert standards set by leading researchers, biologists, and academia who ensure we reflect the latest in animal welfare research, organizational management, and public safety protocols.  Through a science-based approach, CAZA’s accreditation bridges the ethical concerns with conservation and the public interest.


Jim Facette
Executive Director
Mobile: 613 850-2669

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