A park in Virginia has reopened after nearly two decades closed for renovations.
The Nathan Horton memorial zoo was closed in 2013 when its last visitors came from Canada.
The park’s visitors were from Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. The closure was blamed on an outbreak of coronavirus.
The zoo reopened last week after about a year-and-a-half of renovation and will now be open for public use, The Associated Press reported.
The reopening was announced by the Howard County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, which also included Commissioner Brian Parson, Commissioner John Koester, Commissioner Steve Guglielmi and Commissioner Richard Tisdale.
The park is located in Howard County, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) west of Richmond.
It was originally opened in 1979 and was home to about 3,000 animals.
In the last 30 years, visitors have been able to enjoy the zoo’s large, natural-colored animal exhibits, including the famous penguin, kangaroo and giraffe.