The Evansville Mesker Park Zoo is hoping for a fresh start in the New Year after a tumultous 2020.
While it was hard not having customers able to enjoy the zoo during the shutdown back in spring, they have been working hard to recoup those financial losses and make sure it is a safe experience for all.
They require staff and customers to wear masks, have put safety decals on the floors to remind people to socially distance and have created a purchase tickets in advance system online.
Currently, ARC Construction is working on the new Peguins of Patagonia Exhibit, which is slated to open this summer and will feature roughly twenty penguins.
And although their 18-year-old North American River Otter Splash was humanely euthanized just last week, they have also seen a bloom of new animals being born throughout the year.
"While the year has been different -- it certainly hasn't been a bad one," said Danny Schembre, marketing director, "We've had new babies, we opened a new part of our African Rift Exhibit and construction on Penguins of Patagonia has been going fantastic."