WE'RE OPEN: Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo

Posted at 5:48 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 20:48:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo on the north side just off I-10 is back open.

Animals featured at the zoo include porcupines, capybaras and kangaroos.

It closed during Governor Doug Ducey's stay-at-home order, but reopened along with retail locations in early May.

Due to the order, funds have been tight for the zoo and lead to some layoffs.

"We tried to keep everybody on staff at first and then we realized really quickly that you this costs money to still even run, even if people aren't coming," said Kenneth Macneil, owner of Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo. "I still have to feed the animals. And water, electricity, everything's still keeps going. So unfortunately, I had to lay off two of the employees, I've been able to keep one on."

The zoo is also allowing "virtual adoptions." Those let adopters 'zoom' and play with animals remotely.