Thankfully all the animals, employees, and volunteers of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore weathered the effects of Hurricane Irene last weekend. Thanks to the hard work and careful planning of employees our animals remained safe even during the height of the storm. However, some of the Zoo’s Maryland Wilderness area was directly impacted by heavy winds and rain as several old trees toppled to the ground. One tree in particular fell directly on the rope bridge, a favorite of visitors in that section of the Zoo.

As part of the cleanup effort in the days that followed, many of our Zoo staff offered to pitch in and volunteer to help remove debris, tree limbs and brush that blocked walkways and destroyed the rope bridge. The team came together and worked quickly to clear all of it. A big thanks to everyone at the Zoo who helped.

For more photos visit our Facebook Album. Watch a video taken during the cleanup effort: