MIAMI – Zoo Miami will reopen its doors to the public next weekend after being closed for more than a month because of damage left behind by Hurricane Irma.
The zoo will officially reopen Oct. 14 with normal operating hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The zoo is celebrating its reopening by offering guests 50 percent off general admission on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15.
The first 1,000 visitors on each day will also receive a free pair of Zoo Miami-branded sunglasses.
"We greatly look forward to opening Zoo Miami again," Zoo Miami director Carol Kruse said. "I'm thankful for the staff and volunteers that have worked hard to clean up our zoo. We are grateful that the damage wasn't worse and are ecstatic to be opening our gates to welcome our visitors back."
Zoo Miami closed on Sept. 7 in preparation for the storm.
Employees said most of the damage was limited to fallen trees, fencing and landscaping.
Still, the damage required a lot of cleanup and debris removal, although it did not seriously damage the zoo's infrastructure, Zoo Miami officials said.
Employees said most of the animals rode out the storm with no issues, although there were several birds and fish that died because of stress.