Snow Causes $1.5M in Damage to Maryland Zoo

February 19, 2010

Officials at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore say $1.5 million in damage after two recent snowstorms will delay the attractions’ opening by up to a month.

Insurance adjusters declared the Maryland aviary a total loss, the African aviary was heavily damaged and more than 60 trees or large limbs fell under the heavy snow. A long-eared owl is still on the loose.

The zoo, which closes for the winter, was scheduled to reopen March 1. But zoo President Donald Hutchinson says the opening will have to be postponed at least two weeks and more snow could push the opening back further.

He says missing a month in the spring, the zoo’s busiest time, could cut revenue substantially for the zoo already struggling with financial difficulties.

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