Zoo Miami closes ahead of Hurricane Ian


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Zoo Miami is temporarily closing this week as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida.

The zoo will close to the public Tuesday through Thursday, spokesperson Ron Magill said.

Although South Florida was out of the cone, Magill said the zoo was preparing for significant rain and wind from the storm’s outer bands.

“This is in an abundance of caution to allow proper assessment of any damages and/or flooding caused as a result of Hurricane Ian as well as to avoid any challenges and dangers that may be present due to flooding by allowing individuals to remain home and safe,” Magill said.

Magill said zoo staff will assess any damage and evaluating flood conditions that may restrict certain animals from being given access to their public habitats.

Barring any significant issues, the zoo is scheduled to reopen Friday.

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