Utica Zoo dealing with costly cleanup from storms

Wednesday's storms made for some scary moments for multiple species at the Utica Zoo.

Posted: Jul 1, 2021 12:57 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Wednesday's storms made for some scary moments for multiple species at the Utica Zoo. 

The animals are safe; as for the humans, visitors had to be evacuated during the storms. Some sheltered in the zoo's buildings, to escape the hail, and had to be safely escorted out, because of downed power lines. The zoo lost power, and went to backup generators. 

"Everyone was all hands on deck. The number one priority was making sure all the animals were safe and secure. And we did have some storm damage with tumbling trees and fences that did affect the animal exhibits," says Executive Director, Andria Heath. 

Today, the zoo concentrates on cleanup; a task that comes with an unanticipated price tag that zoo officials are hoping their supporters can help them shoulder. 

"All of our animals are safe and they're well cared for, but we certainly have a lot of clean up today and we actually have a lot of unexpected expense, so if this is something that's tugging at the hearts of those that love the Utica Zoo, we're asking for help," says Heath. 

For more information on how to donate to the zoo, click here.

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