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Why am I all aflutter?

September 12, 2017

When a hurricane is headed their way, what do zoos do?

These flamingos from the Miami Zoo were sheltered in the men’s room when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.  Communications Director, Ron Magill said the most frequent question he is asked is when are they going to evacuate the animals. He explained, “the stress of evacuating alone can be enough to kill an animal. Instead, the birds and small mammals of Zoo Miami will ride out the storm in independent kennels or buildings. The larger residents, particularly the carnivores and great apes, will bunker down in their usual indoor holding areas.”

For more on this NPA story of how zoos in Texas and Florida are coping with the storms, click here.

 

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