Zoo shows gratitude with free admissionThe Lake Superior Zoo and city of Duluth announced free admission to the zoo Thursday.
The Lake Superior Zoo and city of Duluth announced free admission to the zoo Thursday.
One year ago, the Lake Superior Zoo experienced a tragic flash flood. People from around the region came to help clean and repair the zoo grounds. Through community and staff efforts, the zoo was able to reopen in one month. Hundreds of people sent donations from around the country and kids from around the region raised money for the zoo.
“This is a day set aside to celebrate our community and the overwhelming support the zoo received after the flood,” said Sam Maida, chief executive officer 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, 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 reflected: “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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. 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