Cheyenne Mountain Zoo prepares to reopen Saturday

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo plans to reopen Saturday after being closed since Monday due to a severe hailstorm. 

The storm killed four animals and injured several guests and staff members. It also caused extensive property damage. 

Zoo spokeswoman Jenny Koch said permanent repairs will take months to complete, but the zoo has put in temporary fixes like tarps and plywood to cover the spaces where skylights used to be.

The zoo will reopen for members at 8 a.m. Saturday, and for the general public at 9 a.m.

Koch originally said the Sky Ride would not be open, but said Friday afternoon that it has passed all safety checks and will be operational on Saturday.

Koch said the storm made nearly 400 guests’ cars undrivable. Fewer than 40 of them are still sitting in the zoo parking lot. Those cars have been towed to one corner of the south lot, to allow zoo employees to finish removing broken glass and other debris from the pavement. The remaining cars will be left at the zoo until 8 a.m. Tuesday. If they’re still unclaimed after that, they’ll be towed at the owner’s expense. 

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