Been licked by a zebra lately?


Although most family friendly Central Texas attractions have been shuttered due to the coronavirus, there’s still a way to get up-close and personal with some wild new friends.


Exotic Resort Zoo in Johnson City has stopped its guided tours but is continuing to offer the public self-guided driving tours of its safari park, which includes more than 600 animals including American bison, Scottish Highland cattle, Bactrian two-hump camels and zebras.


“You don’t have to leave your car,” said manager Donavan Trahan. “It’s like going to get take out. Families can get out, they can spend time together and get the kids out of the house.”


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Admission is $16.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors 60 and over and $13.95 for children 2-12. Now through April 30, the zoo is also offering vouchers for families that visit to return at a later date for a free guided tour. Large buckets of food are $10; small buckets are $6.


“We are family-owned and operated, with no outside assistance for over 600 animals and our employees. We NEED our customers to survive this trying time!” the zoo wrote on its website. “Please don’t forget about your small businesses.”


The gift shop and public restrooms are closed, so plan accordingly. Find details and latest updates at facebook.com/pg/adventurezoosafari.