Lake Superior Zoo reopens to the public after recent flood
By: Press release, Pine Journal
The Lake Superior Zoo will re-open to the public Friday, July 13. The zoo was closed for just over three weeks to clean-up from the flood that devastated many Northland communities.
According to the Director of Animal Management Peter Pruett, after a tremendous amount of work, zoo staff is confident in the decision to re-open and looks forward to having visitors again.
“We are taking the first steps towards getting back to normalcy,” he said. “After three weeks of being closed and focusing on clean-up efforts, we are excited to get back to doing what we do best,” he said.
Pruett said that most of the zoo grounds will be open and there will still be many animals to see. The baby lemurs are on exhibit in the Primate Conservation Center, and are as playful as ever. Visitors can also look forward to seeing our lions, tigers and bears.
According to zoo CEO Sam Maida, the deer yard portion of the Northern Territory area will be closed to the public because of unsafe pathways. The Polar Shores exhibits will be empty until the future of that facility can be determined.
“There is still work to be done in order to be fully operational again,” Maida said. “We have come a long way in the last couple of years rebuilding the zoo. This is an unfortunate setback. We are looking forward to our future and are willing to do what must be done to get ourselves back on our feet.”