Storm Damages Closes Delaware Zoo

August 12, 2008

Delaware officials say the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington will be closed through at least Wednesday after sustaining what is described as major damage during a powerful storm.

Zoo Director Nancy Falasco says the animals are fine and the zoo is secure. However, power remains out, several trees were toppled and exhibits were damaged.

Falasco says most of the damage Sunday evening was caused by falling trees.

Falasco and her staff moved animals whose exhibits were damaged to the zoo’s hospital. She says larger animals, including, the Siberian tiger, are secure in holding areas behind their exhibits.

The roof of the hospital, a storage shed and the Sandhill Crane exhibit called “In Flight” were damaged. A backup generator is providing power to the hospital, the exotic animals< house and the commissary.

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