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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden representatives announced Wednesday that the facility will remain closed to the public through April 30. The decision comes as a response to guidelines from state and federal leaders encouraging social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community.

"The Zoo and Garden is extremely grateful for the steadfast support of our members, guests and the community. The animals and plants at Riverbanks continue to receive the highest standards of care during this unprecedented time. Critical operations teams have been working diligently to provide vital care to our wildlife, habitats and infrastructure," the announcement read.

The community is still able to experience a part of Riverbanks through Z-Learning. The "wild side" of e-learning offers new opportunities to explore the Zoo and Garden while creating meaningful connections and inspiring action that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

One Z-Learning lesson will be provided through the zoo's Facebook page each weekday at 10 a.m.

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