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This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.
This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.

Zoo Miami reopens [Photo Essay]

Zoo Miami reopened on Oct. 14 after being closed since Sept. 7, just before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida. After the hurricane, the zoo sustained mostly landscape damage. The hyenas’ habitat suffered the most damage – it lost a large tree that provided a lot of shade. Zoo officials said tey did not view this as a loss, instead they “remodeled” the tree into a new enrichment toy for the animals.

— Photos by Elizabeth Soza, South Florida News Service

The day the zoo reopened, people began to arrive early. Families waited to get inside despite waiting in the morning rain.

The day the zoo reopened, people began to arrive early. Families waited to get inside despite waiting in the morning rain.

Damage was still visible to many of the guests visiting the zoo.

Damage was still visible to many of the guests visiting the zoo.

A portion of the jaguar exhibit was damaged by the hurricane, and the damage was still visible to guests on Oct. 14.

A portion of the jaguar exhibit was damaged by the hurricane, and the damage was still visible to guests on Oct. 14.

This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.

This jaguar was restricted to another section of his habitat.

A zoo employee captured one of the 62 ducks that reside in the pond that needed to be cleaned for the reopening.

A zoo employee captured one of the 62 ducks that reside in the pond that needed to be cleaned for the reopening.

This still unnamed newborn giraffe was only days old when Hurricane Irma hit South Florida.

This still unnamed newborn giraffe was only days old when Hurricane Irma hit South Florida.

Hyenas received new furniture, courtesy of Hurricane Irma.

Hyenas received new furniture, courtesy of Hurricane Irma.

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