Fair and Petting Zoo Safety

A resource for fair and petty zoo legal cases and outbreak prevention, sponsored by Marler Clark

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


  • 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