Here’s where Miami’s zoo animals are headed

Flamingos hid out in the bathroom during Hurricane Andrew in 1992. (Ron Magill)

MIAMI, FLORIDA (CNN) – “This isn’t our first rodeo,” Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami, told CNN about the park’s preparations ahead of Hurricane Irma.

The zoo has been through a catastrophic hurricane before — when Hurricanes Andrew, Wilma and Katrina hit.

Most of the animals — including the tigers, lions and apes — will be kept in their normal night quarters, which are made of concrete and metal. Smaller mammals and birds will be placed in smaller enclosures within certified buildings.

No animal will be evacuated from the zoo, though, because flooding isn’t a problem.

Magill notes that sometimes the stress of moving animals is “much more dangerous than the hurricane itself.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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