FAQs & Rules
Respect the Animals
Please treat the Zoo’s animals with the respect they deserve. Hope Zoo is their home. Do not yell at or taunt the animals, do not bang on their enclosures and do not throw objects into their habitats. We will remove you from the property the first time this rule is violated.
Respect your Boundaries
Never cross any fence or barrier in the Zoo. Do not try to touch the animals— if an animal has teeth, it can bite; if an animal has claws, it can scratch. This is for the safety of both our visitors and our animals. We will remove you from the property the first time this rule is violated.
Do Not Feed the Animals
The animals at Hope Zoo have veterinarian-approved and formulated diets to ensure their health and wellbeing. Human food may make them sick. We will remove you from the property the first time this rule is violated. Note: you may feed the animals that participate in the “Barn animals and Petting Zoo” program with approved food purchased from the Hungry Hut.
To decrease fire hazards and ensure the safety and health of the animals, guests and staff, smoking is not permitted on the property. This includes the parking lot.
All pets are prohibited from the Zoo to protect both the Zoo animals and your animals. Do not leave pets in your car while you are in the zoo or will we ask you to leave and return without them.
Children Must be Supervised at All Times
We get it— kids are adventurous and like to wander! However, we want your children to stay safe. Keep an eye on them and make sure they are supervised at all times. Any individual under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the Zoo. Children MUST be supervised while in the PLAYZONE at all times.
Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. Offensive or provocative items on clothing or swimwear is prohibited. Costumes or disguises that conceal identity are not permitted. The Hope Zoo reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who refuses to comply with the dress code summarized above.