Fair and Petting Zoo Safety

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

Prevention for visitors to petting zoos and agricultural fairs


  • Wash hands
    • Before eating or drinking or preparing food
    • After petting or being around animals or their pens
    • Supervise children’s hand washing
    • Hand sanitizers are not a as effective as hand washing and shouldn’t be used as a substitute for hand washing!

  • Wash Clothing after visiting animals
  • Keep young children’s toys, pacifiers, and blankets outside of animal interaction areas.


  • Eat or drink in animal areas.
  • Bring pacifier, strollers, toys or spill-proof bottles into animal areas.

Podcasts and Videos

  • I Love Petting Zoos!
  • This Kidtastics podcast from CDC helps children learn about how to stay safe and healthy when visiting petting zoos and other animal exhibits.          
  • Wash Your Hands
  • This video shows kids how to properly wash their hands, one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.