Sadly, not too long ago, we saw firsthand the devastating power of nature. When Duluth was overcome by unprecedented flooding, our hearts broke that zoo animals and pets lost their lives. People’s homes and the lives they knew were destroyed by the onslaught of rising waters.
As we watch the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, we are so concerned about the safety and well-being of the people and animals in this storm’s path. With 50-60 million people possibly affected by storm surges predicted at 4-11 feet, we can’t help but think about how many homeless animals and captive exotics might be affected, too.
We also worry about Bhutan, the snow leopard we offered a home to. He was recently relocated back to an East Coast zoo that happens to be in the eye of the storm. As we do for all the other animals and humans, we pray for his safety. Our thoughts are with the zoos and animal care facilities that can’t evacuate, who have to implement their disaster plans and try to survive whatever comes their way.