SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Florida – Hurricane Irma did not devastate Zoo Miami as Andrew did back in 1992, but the park may still be closed for up to two months to clear debris left behind.
Zoo spokesperson Ron Magill said all the park's mammals survived the storm, although a few birds died of stress.
The exact length of time the zoo will remain closed depends on being able to contract help to clear debris and repair fences.
"There are tons of debris that needs to be cleared and lots of trees that need to be up righted," said Magill.
Overall, the zoo feels lucky that it made it through Irma relatively intact, unlike 25 years ago when Andrew decimated the park, forcing it to be almost completely rebuilt.