Fair and Petting Zoo Safety

A resource for fair and petty zoo legal cases and outbreak prevention

Prevention for Owners/Operators of Petting Zoos or Agricultural Fairs


Make easy for adults and children to wash their hands.

Install hand washing stations at the animal exibit area exit.

Ensure that stations are low enough for small children.

Separate areas where people eat from animals areas

Train staff about preventing disease transmission between humans and animals

Remind visitors to wash their hands

Post hand washing signs

Download Example poster


Serve or allow food in animal areas

Allow unsupervised children in animal areas

For more information:

Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013

Organizing and Operating a Safe Petting Zoo Event

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1012 First Avenue
Fifth Floor
Seattle, WA 98104


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1 (800) 884-9840

If you have questions about foodborne illness, your rights or the legal process, we’d be happy to answer them for you.