Given that July is one of the hottest months of the year, the Chattanooga Zoo has decided to give both its animals and visitors a break from the heat by extending operating hours on three different days. Starting on Thursday, July 11 and reoccurring on Thursday, July 18 and 25, the zoo will stay open until 8 p.m., three hours past its normal closing time.
This will be the first time in history the Chattanooga Zoo has extended general operating hours past 5 p.m. If later summer hours in July appear successful, then it is quite possible such a change could become permanent.
Executive Director Darde Long notes how, “many of the Zoo’s animals, especially during the summer, enjoy the cooler evenings and are quite active during twilight hours. Similarly, for the zoo animals that are nocturnal, this is a great opportunity for visitors to get to see them in action.”
For more information or to plan a visit to the Chattanooga Zoo, visit www.chattzoo.org or call 423 697-1319.