Jungle Island closes due to Hurricane Irma; timeline not set for reopening

Irma causes more damage than Hurricane Andrew


MIAMI – Hurricane Irma has caused more devastation at Jungle Island than Hurricane Andrew did back in 1992. 

As a result the park will remain closed until further notice, according to a media release. 

The good news is that the animals did survive the storm. 

During the storm Dr. Jason Chatfield and his animal specialists noticed a green heron on its back, struggling in its nest from a downed tree. The team was able to save the bird and help heal the bird of a wounded leg. 

Connie, the park's oldest orangutan, was also talked into going into a night-house where she'd be safe by Ryan Jacobs, who has a bond with the animal. 

Jungle Island said they are proud of the measures taken by its veterinarian and animal specialists to ensure the safety of their animals. 

As for when they'll reopen, officials said that's up in the air. It could be a couple weeks or months.