or flamingoes

This flock of flamingos weathered Hurricane Andrew in a public restroom at Zoo Miami in 1992.

Making plans for an emergency is just as important for zoos today as it was in that bathroom-turned-aviary 25 years ago. Zoo personnel across the coast have been running emergency drills since the start of hurricane season. The skeleton of a zoo disaster plan is similar across the board: Staff members remove loose debris from the park, tarps and signs are taken down, generators and gas tanks are prepped. Cleaning supplies and food for animals and staff are stockpiled in advance — basically anything the zoo can prepare to operate without any outside assistance.

Flamingos In The Men’s Room: How Zoos And Aquariums Handle Hurricanes

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