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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.

To book a visit please call 01382 431811 Friday 26 June between 10am and 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Calling outside these times will not result in a booking.

Due to high demand, visitors must be on time for their booked slot or they will not gain entry.

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.

Booking a visit at the Wildlife Centre is required in advance and cashless payment will be taken at the centre when visitors arrive by credit or debit card only. Slots for entry will be at 15 minute intervals between at 10am and 4pm.

The booking system has been put in place to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe so it won’t be possible to arrive without a booking or buy items from the shop. All inside houses including the bear brochs will also remain unavailable as distancing is not possible although buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be permitted.

However, following Scottish Government guidance, face coverings will not be compulsory and visitors can come in a group of three households of up to 8 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.”

To book a visit please call 01382 431811 Friday 26 June between 10am and 1pm and 1.30pm to 4pm. Calling outside these times will not result in a booking.

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