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WANDERLUST: Crocodile park reopens with safety protocols

DAVAO Crocodile Park and Zoo has reopened its doors to the public last Tuesday, September 1, after being closed for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The wildlife center has been given the greenlight to operate after it passed the inspection made by the Department of Tourism and the City Tourism Operations Office. During the dry-run last August 28, select members of the print and digital media have first-hand experience of the new protocols of the park.

“We have installed necessary health protocols to make sure that our guests will have a fun, worry-free and safe experience,” said the park’s chief finance officer Philip Marco Dizon.

For contactless transactions, guests are now required to make prior reservations whether by call, text, email or through their official social media accounts.

Prior to entry, guests are required to wear face masks, fill-out access pass, undergo thermal checks, and go through hand disinfection and footbath.

“We will now do guided tours. This will not only allow us to manage the traffic of people but will also afford us to give the proper information about our conservation program,” he added.

The guided tour will take visitors to the Butterfly House, Crocodile Park and Zoo, and Save our Species show. They can also watch and join the animal feeding encounter. Petting of animals is not allowed for now.

Inside the park premises, floors and pathways are painted with animal foot prints to give guests direction of the tour and allow them to move with physical distancing.

In addition, Davao Crocodile Park and Zoo allows kids to join their tour provided that they follow the highest health and safety protocols, which includes the wearing of face masks and face shields.

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