Zoo closed after storm buffets its way through
Wild weather put Auckland Zoo out of action this week.
Most of the damage caused by high winds on Tuesday night and in the early hours of Wednesday morning was limited to the Pridelands enclosure, a zoo spokesman says.
‘‘We’ve had some fairly big branches fall down in public areas,’’ he says.
The zoo was closed on Wednesday and parts of the affected enclosure were expected to remain shut for days while the damage was assessed.
All of the zoo’s animals were safely contained during the severe weather, the spokesman says.
Most animals are moved inside overnight anyway, he says.
Roger Cann of Remuera, left: ‘‘The guy has spent a lifetime doing public service and undoubtedly sees himself as one of the good guys. Yet, in a moment of foolishness, he has allowed himself to leave something ambiguous and not dealt with this as he should have. That is a human weakness and something we are all guilty of at times. It is a shame for him but it is also necessary that people be held accountable.’’ Ali Ethany of Remuera, right: ‘‘I haven’t really been following it in the news.’’
Kevin Buley inspects an uprooted eucalyptus at Auckland Zoo.