Captive Animals and Hurricane Ian


We know about the 2.5 million human residents of Florida who have be ordered to evacuate in preparation for Hurricane Ian.  But what about all the animals in the many zoos and wildlife sanctuaries?  In Florida, all licensed captive wildlife owners must have individualized storm preparation plans outlined in their required Critical Incident Plan.  Zookeepers and animal conservationists have been working hard in recent days to ensure their animal residents remain safe as the major hurricane threatens the region.

More specifically, for the past several days, the veterinary team at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford has been making sure that zookeepers have all of the adequate medications for animals. And the nutrition team has been planning to make sure that the zoo has plenty of food to get the animals past the next several days and into next week.

The next step is getting the…

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