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Springfield, IL Zoo Closed after Storm Damages Exhibits

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Due to extensive storm damage, the Henson Robinson Zoo is closed until further notice. The zoo lost several large trees, which damaged fences and power lines in several places. (Photo via Henson Robinson Zoo Facebook page)

Due to extensive storm damage, the Henson Robinson Zoo is closed until further notice. The zoo lost several large trees, which damaged fences and power lines in several places. (Photo via Henson Robinson Zoo Facebook page)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield is closed after a storm blew down branches and trees and damaged at least two exhibits.

Marketing Manager Kim Alexander says no animals or people were injured in the bad weather that struck parts of Illinois on Monday afternoon. Crews were working Tuesday to clean up debris and repair fences.

The zoo’s exhibits with animals from Australia, as well as one featuring African wild dogs, received the most damage along with the facility’s perimeter fence.

Alexander said the 13-acre zoo that has several hundred animals will likely remain shut tomorrow, but could reopen on Thursday or Friday.

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