Flooding closes Little Ponderosa Zoo, animals safe

(Little Ponderosa Zoo)

CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) – The Little Ponderosa Zoo is asking for visitors to keep them in their thoughts. Water from storms moving through the area forced the zoo to delay their opening. It will now be open to the public for the season on Saturday.

Employees say the water came so quickly. Rebekah Jackson who works at the zoo said the water went up almost to her knee.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” she said. “Everything was flooded. The pony rides was flooded. The concessions stand was flooded.”

The Clinton zoo is a rescue facility for exotic animals. The zoo’s founder, James Cox, said he has never seen anything like this in the 15 years the zoo has been open to the public.

The park said they don’t know exactly how long clean-up will take. Part of a new fence is gone and a bridge was also damaged. However, all of the animals are okay. Water got within feet of the tigers’ enclosure, but thankfully, they did not have to evacuate them, said the zoo.

“The animals are dry and okay for now! We are trying our best to keep it that way as the rain keeps pouring,” park staff said. “Please keep Little Ponderosa in your thoughts as we wait to see what is left behind once the water goes down.”

Zoo staff are asking for donations to help them clean up.

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