What happened to the zoo animals during Katrina?
(CNN) — Hurricane Katrina killed most of the fish in the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Web site reported. The animals were killed when the facility lost power and the staff had to evacuate.
How do zoos evacuate animals?
If a large-scale evacuation is necessary, the zoo works with nearby aquariums, zoos and wildlife facilities to arrange housing and transport. This isn’t the first time natural disasters have threatened the L.A. Zoo—or California institutions of similar stature.
What do zoos do during tornadoes?
Once the immediate danger has passed, the first task for zookeepers is to canvass the grounds for escapees, since even the most secure structures can be damaged in a severe storm.
How many cats died in Hurricane Katrina?
No one knows exactly how many animals died during Katrina but most estimates put the number between 50,000-70,000 across the entire Gulf Coast. Our Japonica Street shelter was destroyed during the flooding that followed Katrina and a shelter had to be created out of thin air for the animal rescue efforts.
Do sharks get washed up in hurricanes?
Slow-moving fish and turtles and shellfish beds are often decimated by the rough undercurrents and rapid changes in water temperature and salinity wrought by a hurricane. Sharks, whales, and other large animals swiftly move to calmer waters, however, and, generally speaking, are not overly affected by hurricanes.
Where do alligators go during a hurricane?
“They instantly seek shelter. They have burrows or caves they call home, usually under a mud or canal, and believe me, the first thing they are going to do is go into those burrows and caves.” But researchers say alligators do pose a danger after a storm, especially in areas near bodies of water.