HOLTSVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve re-opens to the public on Monday, Sept. 28. Since opening day is a day off from school for Yom Kippur, families may find their way over to the Ecology Site to enjoy the day.
According to Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro, Brookhaven residents are required to make free, online reservations at www.BrookhavenNY.gov/Ecology to book a visit to the animal preserve.
The opening comes after the facility was closed to the public as of mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Highway Department spokesperson told OnSachem that the town used the last several months to make improvements and ensure the facility is ready to re-open with social distancing regulations in place.
Only Town of Brookhaven residents with reservations and proof of residency will be permitted to enter and masks are required, according to the town. COVID-19 safety precautions, limited admissions and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff, town officials added.
The Animal Preserve will be open Monday through Friday with eight sessions available for reservations each day: 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. The Animal Preserve will be closed for cleaning and sanitizing in between the morning and afternoon sessions.
The Information Center and Greenhouses will not be open. Access to bathrooms will be available. The Animal Preserve will be open from the Main Entrance through the Eagle exhibit. Animals available for viewing at this time include: Alpaca, Arctic Fox, Bald Eagle, Bobcat, Boer Goats, Buffalo, Coatimundi, Hybrid Fox, Hybrid Wolves, Llama, Mini Pigs, Nubian Goats, other Goats, Pine Martin, Prairie Dogs, Rabbits, Red Fox, Red Tail Hawk, and Skunk.
The Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve is located at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville. Visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov or call 631.758.9664 for more information.