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What No Visitors Mean For Animals And Staff At Kansas City Zoo

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The Kansas City Zoo has been closed to the public and some of the animals are showing signs of missing visitors.

The Kansas City Zoo is planning to reopen with new social distancing precautions. Hear what other safety measures the zoo has implemented in the hope of reopening on May 16.

  • Sean Putney, chief zoological officer at the Kansas City Zoo
  • Jessica Cunningham, animal care manager of shows and ambassador animals
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