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Camperdown Wildlife Centre ready to welcome back visitors

Camperdown Wildlife Centre, one of Dundee’s most loved tourist attractions, is set to welcome visitors back from the local area on Monday 29 June.

This comes after the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced last week that outdoor businesses such as zoos can re-open. Leisure & Culture Dundee, who manage the centre, is now making final preparations to make sure the facility is safe and ready for customers to visit from the beginning of next week.

The Wildlife Centre will be operating a one way system and visitors will be guided by arrows and dots 2 metres apart. There will also be some fencing in place to ensure the new system is easy to navigate.

Following Scottish Government guidance, face coverings are compulsory in the reception and toilet areas. Visitors can come in a group of two households of up to 6 people as long as social distancing measures are adhered to. The café will not be open initially although picnics will be allowed on the lawn areas.

Sinclair Aitken, Chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said

“Things have just not been the same at Camperdown Wildlife Centre without our visitors, so this is a really happy moment for us. We’ve really missed everyone and we know they have missed our animals. All of us have made sacrifices over the past 3 months, so it’s great that we can introduce some enjoyment back into the lives of family and friends by welcoming them back with a visit to the zoo.”

“We’ve put in place a one way system, a number of protective measures and there is lots of outdoor space that will give visitors confidence that they can visit us safely.”

“The animals have been given excellent care by our staff over the lockdown period and it’s important now that we can also start bringing in some much needed income."

“Camperdown Wildlife Centre has received tremendous support from our local communities over the years and we can’t wait to reintroduce them to their favourite animals.”

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