This just in:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens did not have any damage from Hurricane
Wilma. They opened at 11:00 a.m. today.
Caribbean Gardens, The Zoo In Naples
Naples Zoo suffered significant damaged trees are down
everywhere and some structures are severely damaged. Some
muntjac and kangaroos are missing. As far as they can
tell, staff members are doing okay. David Tetzlaff and
Conrad Schmitt rode out the storm at the Zoo.
Central Florida Zoological Park
Lake Monroe, Florida
Central Florida Zoo was spared any hurricane damage as it
hit south of their location. They have offered their
assistance to facilities in that area but have not been
contacted as of 2:40 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Bay Lake, Florida
Disney is doing fine and has power. There was lots of rain
and some wind but they have not had problems of note.
The Florida Aquarium
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Lion Country Safari
Terry Wolf at the Lion Country Safari reported that the
storm was bad and that last years storms put together
didnt compare to this one. They have many trees down and
shelters blown away but are unable to assess all the damage
until the winds die down. They will keep us posted.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Living Seas is doing fine and has power. There was lots of
rain and some wind but they have not had problems of note.
Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc.
Lowry Park is doing fine.
The Lubee Foundation, Inc.
The Lubee Foundation is doing fine and winds are
now at about 35 mph.
Eric Stephens called to say that grounds are pretty messy
and there are a number of bigger trees down. There appears
to be no loss of animal life. There is structural damage
to some of the buildings, fences down and there is no
power. They will be closed several days for clean up.
Mote Marine Aquarium
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Palm Beach, Florida
They are in the assessment phase now, but early reports
indicate that their perimeter fence is a mess, they
sustained lots of tree and structural damage (a tree
through the vet hospital; the keeper area was blown out)
and they appear to have lost around a half-dozen exhibits
and about 20 holding cages.
Peace River Refugee
Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
St. Augustine, Florida
There appears to be no animal losses. There is lots of
tree damage and the netting on the breeding pens is down.
There are also separations in the seams of the aviary
Steve Martin’s Natural Encounters
They are doing fine with no damage.
White Oak Conservation Center
Gulf Breeze, Florida