The Memphis Zoo today announced revised admission policies that are aimed at the Zoo's ever growing attendance.
"Our top priority is the safety of our guests, Zoo staff and animals," said Dr. Chuck Brady, Zoo president and CEO. "We are committed to providing Zoo visitors with an educational, fun and safe experience."
The Zoo will continue to allow free general admission on Tuesday afternoons after 2 p.m., commonly known as Free Tuesday. Many revisions to the Zoo's policy affect the Free Tuesday program. Those changes include discontinuing the Free Tuesday program during the month of March and managing the admittance of minors into the Zoo.
Effective April 6, 2010, people planning to visit the Zoo during Free Tuesday hours will be required to adhere to the following policies:
*The Memphis Zoo allows free general admission to Tennessee residents on Tuesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to close.
*Persons ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older.
*Adults age 21 and older may accompany up to five children ages 16 and under.
*Photo ID with proof of age and TN residency are required for free admittance. Current college or military photo ID will be accepted.
*Free Tuesdays will not be held during the month of March.
"The Zoo is committed to the Free Tuesday program as a way to provide access to all segments of our community," said Dr. Brady. "This program and its participants will benefit from the new guidelines put in place. A visit during Free Tuesday should be just as enriching and enjoyable as a visit on any other day."
A new policy in effect every day is an overall cap on the number of visitors inside the Zoo. Revised general admission policies will apply every day of Zoo operation:
*The Zoo's capacity is 10,000 people inside the park at any one time. Once capacity is reached, admission to the Zoo will not be permitted.
*The Memphis Zoo reserves the right to refuse or permit admission at its discretion.