In Pittsburgh, a two year old died after he fell 14 feet into the African painted dog exhibit and was then attacked.
Right here in Erie, Scott Mitchell says safety is a big priority at the Erie zoo.
This was the first visitor death in the Pittsburgh zoo's more than 100 year history.
Fortunately Erie has never had a tragic accident like the most recent one in Pennsylvania.
CEO and President of the Erie Zoo, Scott Mitchell says that the zoo follows national safety guidelines.
Those guidelines help keep visitors and animals safe.
The Erie Zoo has taken precautions when it comes to visitors being kept at a safe distance from the animals.
Railings outside of the exhibits were made to prevent parents from lifting children to stand on them.
Erie does have African dogs at the zoo. The balcony that over looks that exhibit has been closed off until Mitchell receives more on national guidelines in connection to the tragedy.