Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Blake Klocke, Ph.D.

Conservation Biologist, Graduate Student Researcher
B.S., University of Wisconsin - River Falls; Ph.D., Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (expected 2021)

Blake Klocke is a graduate student researcher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation Genomics. Currently, he is screening salamanders in the U.S. for emerging infectious diseases and working on release trials of endangered captive bred frogs in Panama. Klocke’s interests are in mitigating amphibian declines caused by chytrid fungus.

Klocke earned his bachelor's degree in field biology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 2014, and is currently working on his Ph.D. at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.