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Phoenix Zoo closed due to monsoon storm damage

Posted August 4

— The monsoon storm that hit the Valley Thursday afternoon forced the Phoenix Zoo to close its doors Friday to repair and clean up.

"There is a significant amount of damage that we feel it necessary to close the zoo," said Hardwick.

According to Linda Hardwick, director of communications at the Phoenix Zoo, all of the animals are accounted for and safe.

It took a couple of hours to count all of the animals and make sure they were safe, luckily, they still had several staff members at the zoo to account for the animals.

No one visitors were in the park during the time of the storm due to the zoo's holiday hours closing at 2 p.m.

The Phoenix Zoo said for the safety of the animals, guests and staff, they will have to close the zoo while they clean up and repair the storm damage.

"Luckily right now, there has been no structural damage to exhibits," said Hardwick. "So we are just seeing a lot of downed trees, litter debris, lots of flooding, mud in certain areas across certain trails, things like that."

They hope to have everything cleaned up and as back to normal as possible for a potential Saturday opening.

Storm damage forced the zoo to close for four days in 2015.

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