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Calgary Zoo reopening their gates following COVID-19 closure

Last Updated May 16, 2020 at 6:16 pm MDT

The Calgary Zoo in Bridgeland in Calgary on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The Calgary Zoo is home to around 800 animals plus fish and insects. The park is divided into different sections depending on where the animal is from and it's habitat it originates. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Zoo is reopening to the public after it shut down because of the coronavirus.

The zoo will be back open on May 23.

In an email, to its members on Friday reads visitors are advised to watch out for access to limited capacity and timed entry tickets will be available on May 21.

On May 22, the zoo will be announcing “something special.”

Tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

READ MORE: Giant pandas leaving Calgary Zoo due to bamboo shortage

Earlier this week it was announced that the pandas will be sent back to China because of a bamboo shortage due to the pandemic.

The zoo has been closed since March 16.