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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Justice Exum, left, photographs her daughter, Kennedy Eubanks, as she rides Bradley the camel. Zoo employee Xa Burton handles Bradley's reins. The Chattanooga Zoo was one of the few attractions open, following the coronavirus warnings, on March 14, 2020.

Joining the ranks of other tourist attractions closing their doors during the coronavirus outbreak, Chattanooga Zoo has announced that it will close to the public until further notice, effective Tuesday, March 17.

"This decision was made in the best interest and health of our visitors, staff and volunteers," said a statement on the zoo's Facebook page. "As always, we appreciate your support and understanding, and we will be posting updates as they become available."

Also closed are the Tennessee Aquarium and its Imax 3D Theater, Rock City, Ruby Falls, the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, Creative Discovery Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, Songbirds Guitar Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Sculpture Fields and Chattanooga Ghost Tours are open. High Point Climbing and Fitness is open, but has canceled all group-oriented programs and events through March 31 and is implementing "effective practices of social distancing" for those taking part in indoor climbs.

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