Furloughed federal workers can visit Hogle Zoo for free during the partial shutdown of the federal government.

“We are hoping it helps alleviate some worry and provides a positive distraction during a difficult time,” said Steve Burns, president and CEO of the zoo.

Hogle is inviting federal workers who are not being paid during the shutdown — along with members of their immediate families — to spend time with the lions, tigers and bears … and elephants, sea lions and all the rest of the animals.

Federal employees just need to present their federal ID at guest services at the zoo, which is located 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave. Hogle Zoo’s current hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week.