Following a significant amount of damage from a winter storm, Wildlife Images is once again welcoming guests to visit the park and its famous Animal Ambassadors. Work started the day after the storm dumped 5 inches of wet, heavy snow. The campus was left without power for four days and several trees and limbs came down which destroyed fence lines and caused cosmetic damage across campus. While staff and volunteers addressed the limbs along the pathways, our facilities crew took on one of the biggest priorities – damage to the perimeter fence. It didn’t take long for them to repair and replace a portion of a fence that was was taken out by a tree on the neighboring property.
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Once the perimeter fence was secure, work moved to the removal of a tree which compromised an enclosure known as the Big Cat Run. This area is available, on a rotating basis, to Brady the cougar, Taz the Eurasian lynx, and bobcats Patrick and Mariah. All of the cats were in their individual enclosures during the storm and are comfortable in them so it was not an issue for the animals to remain there temporarily. It took a few days, but the tree was removed and the fence was repaired. A final all-clear from our Animal Care Team is all that is needed before we are able to return the cats to their exercise run.
Before the storm, the netting structure over the Eagle Flight enclosure was lowered and the birds were moved into other enclosures. If the netting had been left up, the wet heavy snow would have caused the enclosure to collapse and risked the wellbeing of the birds who call it home. Once the snow melted, the net was raised and the birds were returned to their habitat.
While Wildlife Images is once again open to visitors Friday – Sunday, guests may still notice cosmetic damage or debris piles around the park. As time allows, staff will address the minor repairs and the finish clearing away the debris.