National Zoo Will Increase Security Following Incidents

December 2, 2019
National Zoo is increasing security.

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The National Zoo is taking safety percautions after a series of incidents over the weekend.

On Saturday police answered to reports of gunshots after teenagers set off fireworks inside a zoo bathroom. And several blocks from the zoo two youths were found with gunshot wounds.

They were said to be in stable condition, according to early reports.

“We take security very seriously — security of our guests, security of the staff and security of the animals,” said Pamela Baker-Masson, National Zoo spokeswoman. “We want people to feel safe and secure, and we believe we are going to provide that experience.”

The zoo will have increased security and implement bag checks and metal detector screenings during its ZooLights festival, as it does during other high traffic days in the spring.

Baker-Masson also said that the zoo will work with D.C. police and Metro Transit Police for increased survilience.

“A lot more staff on-site makes a big difference,” she said.


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