The Lake Superior Zoo and the City of Duluth are pleased to announce free admission to the Zoo on Thursday.
One year ago, the Lake Superior Zoo experienced a tragic flash flood and people from around the region came to help clean and repair the zoo grounds. Through the community’s and staff’s tremendous efforts the zoo was able to re-open in one month. Hundreds of people sent donations from around the country and kids from around the region raised funds for the zoo.
“This is a day set aside to celebrate our community and the overwhelming support the zoo received after the flood,” states Sam Maida, CEO of the Lake Superior Zoo. “People love their zoo and it shows. We are excited to be able to give back to the community with this free day. It’s just one small way we can say thank you for all the incredible support we have received this past year.”
Kathy Bergen, City of Duluth’s Manager of Parks and Recreation, is pleased to be able to work with the zoo on this special opportunity for Duluth residents.
“The City joins the Zoological Society in recognizing the significance of June 20. We encourage everyone to visit the Zoo, for no admission fee, to understand the impact of last year’s flood, how far the Zoo has come in its recovery, and what is still needed,” Bergen said. “June 20 will be added to the Zoo’s history as an important date to remember and to honor the staff and volunteers that worked so hard to save animals and clean up after the waters receded.”
Director of Zoo Operations Peter Pruett reflects, “The entire community came together to help each other, not to just get the zoo up and running, but the city of Duluth and the Northland region affected by the flood. This is our way of saying thank you, but most importantly celebrating the amazing people that helped us show the world what it means to belong in a community that cares.”
The zoo will be open 10 am-5 pm that day. At “Wild About You” special animal enrichments will be scheduled, the Zoo Train will be running and the Safari Café and Tiger’s Paw gift shop will be open. To plan your visit, go to www.LSZOO.org
For more information, contact the Lake Superior Zoological Society at (218) 730-4500.
Source: Zoo press press release