Update: Tiger debut delayed as Austin Zoo pushes back reopening to May 29

May 29 will be the first opportunity guests will have to see Austin Zoo’s newest addition: Zulema, the white tiger. (Courtesy Austin Zoo)
May 29 will be the first opportunity guests will have to see Austin Zoo’s newest addition: Zulema, the white tiger. (Courtesy Austin Zoo)

May 29 will be the first opportunity guests will have to see Austin Zoo’s newest addition: Zulema, the white tiger. (Courtesy Austin Zoo)

Due to new state orders announced by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18, the Austin Zoo will delay its reopening until May 29, pushing back the debut of its newest resident: a 10-month old white tiger named Zulema.

Austin Zoo, located in Southwest Austin at 10808 Rawhide Trail, had previously announced plans to reopen May 18. However, state orders released that day listed zoos as facilities that could not open until May 29. Tickets for the reopening can be purchased online at the Austin Zoo website.


Executive Director Patti Clark told Community Impact Newspaper on May 11 that while Austin Zoo will reopen, there would be changes to operations. Indoor buildings, such as the zoo’s Reptile House, education building and gift shop, will be closed, as will concession areas, excluding vending machines. Masks will also be required for visitors over the age of 2 and all staff, and social distancing will be encouraged.


By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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