With hundreds of totaled cars, animals running for cover and the evacuation of more than 3,000 guests, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo said they are ready to open.
Despite receiving lots of damage from Monday’s hailstorm, staff said this weekend, guests are welcome.
“Our employees are amazing,” zoo President and CEO Bob Chastain said. “If you look around and see what’s happened in four days here, it’s pretty awesome.”
According to zoo staff, the animals are doing great too–even grizzly bears Emmett and Digger, who were seen in a video this week running for cover during the hailstorm.
“These are 750 pound grizzly bears,” Senior Lead Keeper Rebecca Zwicker said. “They are tough and they are fine, as you can see they are doing great out in the exhibit, they are getting back to their routines.”
Staff said families can look forward to seeing the giraffes and feeding them too, on Saturday.
“The entire time that we were closed, these guys, every single day, would come out here and they would essentially come right over, to the lettuce hut and they would wait for guests to come,” animal keeper Diana Miller said.
Guests can also experience the popular sky ride attraction, but of course, not everything will be fixed.
“They are still in the mitigating phase, making sure that no more rain gets in the buildings. Once that is completely done, then we would start moving towards some evenings, where the heavy construction happens,” Chastain said.
Even though there is still a lot of work to be done, the zoo said they are ready to welcome back guests.