Duluth Zoo reopens less than a month after flood caused major damage

The Duluth Zoo reopened many of its exhibits Friday after the June 20 floods caused major damage and killed many animals.

The polar bear and two seals, though, remain at the Como Zoo in St. Paul while further repairs are made on the Polar exhibit.

Peter Pruett, director of animal management for the Duluth Zoo, said:

“We are taking the first steps toward getting back to normalcy. After three weeks of being closed and focusing on cleanup efforts, we are excited to get back to doing what we do best.”

Among the animals that can be seen are lions, tigers and bears, and baby lemurs in the Primate Conservation Center.

Eleven barnyard animals, including sheep and goats, drowned when flood waters inundated the zoo during an intense storm that caused major damage throughout the region.

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