SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Following a regional trend, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park announced they would temporarily close to the public starting Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The zoo -- one of San Diego's largest tourist attractions -- planned to reopen to the public April 1. All employees will be paid during the closure, zoo officials said in a statement. "San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park are iconic destinations and we understand we play an important role in inspiring guests about the natural world, while also being a respite and escape for our audiences,'' said Paul A. Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. "However, at this time, it is vital for San Diego Zoo Global to be a leader for the community and for our employees, and ensure we are pu
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