ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Although Hurricane Laura’s landfall was about 115 miles away, damage from its winds and COVID-19 restrictions have kept the Alexandria Zoo shut since Aug. 27. Officials don’t know yet when the city-owned zoo will reopen. Winds gusting up to 74 mph toppled 70 to 75 trees and damaged more than 20 of the enclosures where some of its 500 animals live. Director Max Lakes says the public could have been admitted before he got the job in December if the state hadn't re-imposed pandemic rules. News outlets report that a $40,000 gift from CLECO will help the zoo rebuild a heavily damaged boardwalk.
The public is welcome to make donations to Friends of the Alexandria Zoo (FOTAZ) to aid in the zoo's recovery efforts.
Visit www.thealexandriazoo.com to make a donation.