Hemker Park & Zoo Preparedness Plan

Hemker Park & Zoo (HPZ) is closely following the latest updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our commitment to the health and well-being of our employees, customers and animals is very important to us.

We will continue to follow guidance from government agencies and public health organizations, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local governments.

To help you plan your visit please follow these guidelines to assure a fun and safe adventure to the zoo:


Guests can order their tickets online at www.hemkerzoo.com or guests can purchase tickets at the gate when you arrive. All persons entering the zoo will be required to abide by the 6 foot separation rule as they wait in line and throughout zoo grounds.

*Please note tickets that are bought online are emailed to you they are not shipped. You can show us your order number or your name when you arrive and we can look up the tickets that were bought online.



Restroom facilities will be open. However, we ask visitors to utilize the facilities one household at a time.


  • Visitors that are not feeling well or have a temperature are asked to please refrain from visiting and come another day. HPZ urges caution and ask that persons that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID- 19 consider waiting for a few more weeks to visit.
  • Follow the hoof prints throughout the zoo to cut down on cross traffic. We will have a one way direction throughout the zoo.
  • Zoo staff is continuously cleaning high-touch surfaces like bathrooms, vending machines, tables, chairs and more.
  • Guests are urged to not touch their face, mouth and to cover your cough. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash stations and hand sanitizer are set up throughout the zoo. We do recommend you bring your own hand sanitizer as well.
  • Employees are to stay home if they are ill, having symptoms, generally not feeling well, or caring for someone at home that’s is ill.
  • To Comply with the Governments Order on 07/25/2020 Masks will be required in our indoor areas which include our gift shop, bathrooms, budgie house, flamingo area and during our Giraffe and Otter Feedings. (Children 5 & Under and persons with medical, health, disabilities or mental health, developmental or behavioral are exempt from wearing a mask in indoor areas).

Guests who do not follow these guidelines will be removed from the park without any reimbursement.