Peterborough’s Riverview Park and Zoo to offer guided tours beginning in July

Tours for Peterborough-area residents limited to 10 people and must be booked in advance starting June 16

A squirrel monkey at the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo)
A squirrel monkey at the Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough. (Photo: Riverview Park and Zoo)

Riverview Park and Zoo in Peterborough has announced it will offer Peterborough-area residents guided tours of the zoo area beginning Friday, July 2nd.

“We are so excited to welcome guests back for one-way guided treks of the zoo this summer,” says Cathy Mitchell, the zoo’s program supervisor. “We are ramping up, hiring staff, training volunteers, putting up barriers to the exhibits, and adding more sanitizer stations.”

Each tour will accommodate a family group of up to 10 people.

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“As we have eight species of animals who are susceptible to COVID-19, we are asking all visitors do their part to protect these animals and remain at a two metre distance from the animal exhibits at all times while on tours,” Mitchell says.

Tours must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made online as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16th at riverviewparkandzoo.ca/en/plan-your-visit/tours.aspx. While there is no admission charge for the tours, the zoo will welcome donations.

Under step one of Ontario’s reopening plan, which began on Friday (June 11), outdoor zoos can reopen at 15 per cent capacity. However, except for the guided tours, the zoo area remains closed as do the splash pad, gift shop, snack bar, train ride, and picnic shelters.

The playground, disc golf course, park areas, and park trails remain open for COVID-safe use. To use the accessible wheelchair swings, contact the zoo in advance by emailing connect@riverviewparkandzoo.ca or calling 705-748-9301 x 2304.

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