Memphis Zoo Lights are out, thanks to a tornado.
A tornado is moving through Tennessee, and the Memphis Zoo has been forced to close for the rest of the day.
Zoo officials said the shelter will open on Tuesday and reopen on Wednesday.
A few animals were evacuated from the zoo due to a possible tornado, and they are expected to be moved to other facilities.
“We are prepared, but the threat is real,” said Amanda Miller, the zoo’s executive director.
“It’s a storm that is moving out of the south.
It is coming through and it is a very large area that is affected by that storm.”
The zoo’s facilities are under severe damage and have been closed for a long time.
A tree was damaged on the roof of the zoo during the storm.
Miller said the tornado hit at 6:20 a.m.
Tuesday, so the zoo didn’t have the facilities set up yet.
“So we’ve got to make sure we have the space we need,” Miller said.
The zoo had closed for the night due to the storm, but it reopened on Wednesday, and visitors were welcomed.
Miller told reporters that the zoo will have about 400 animals at the shelter when it reopens.
“The animals will be safe and healthy and all they can do is be in the comfort of their cages and enjoy the show,” Miller added.
Zoo staff said they’re prepared, and all animals are being relocated to other animals in shelters.
“If we don’t have space to move animals, we’re going to be moving them elsewhere,” Miller told The Associated Press.
The Zoo had closed the doors and entrances to the sanctuary on Tuesday after it experienced severe flooding.
“There was some flooding and a lot of people were evacuated,” Miller explained.
“And so the first thing that was going to happen was we were going to close.
And it was very, very scary.”
Miller said they plan to open the shelter again later this week, and that it will open for visitors on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I know that we are going to have a lot more people come out to see the animals,” Miller continued.
“They’re going through a lot.”
Miller told AP that they will also be open for other animals that might need to be evacuated.
The shelter has about 3,500 animals, and it’s expected to open for admission around 3 p.m., according to the zoo.
Posted by TalkSport on Tuesday, September 25, 2019 11:41:30The Tennessee Zoo is closing for the week due to severe flooding, zoo officials said.
The Memphis Zoo is closed because of severe flooding and has been closed since Tuesday.
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