The Lake Superior Zoo, which lost animals and suffered major infrastructure damage in the June 2012 flooding, says it will seek financial help from the Legislature.
Barnyard animals drowned and seals escaped during the flood, and the zoo’s polar bear was taken to St. Paul’s Como Zoo when its habitat was ravaged by the waters.
John Scott, president of the Lake Superior Zoological Society, said in a statement:
We are seeking state assistance in the form of a flood relief supplemental bill, support of the [half-percent] tourism tax and planning dollars in order to get the zoo back on track.
After the flood, the zoo got $300,000 to repair a lift station but didn’t get any assistance to rebuild buildings, grounds or exhibits, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
The zoo would like to replace the decimated Polar Shores exhibit with an amphitheater and space for interactive animal shows, concerts and performances, and a gift shop. And a planned new exhibit, Bear Territory, would house many bear species. Cost of the additions would be about $8 million.