Brownville Zoo to Temporarily Shelter Animals Affected by Hurricane

3 years 6 months 1 hour ago Thursday, August 31 2017 Aug 31, 2017 August 31, 2017 4:30 PM August 31, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – A team of Rio Grande Valley zookeepers headed to Victoria to assist some wild flood victims this week.

The Texas State Zoo flooded after Hurricane Harvey made its way into Victoria. The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville will be offering assistance and housing some of its animals.

Veterinarian Dr. Thomas Demas said the animals will be held in quarantine for 30 days at the zoo. He said they'll then determine if they'll put them out on exhibit. 

He said waist-high water levels forced Victoria officials to move out some of their animals. 

"Well, if there's no dry land for them to sit down on, some of the primates can climb up on the trees and sleep in the trees. Others animals need to sleep on the ground," he said. "But the bigger issue up there is that the water is causing damage to some of the infrastructure, so that once the water drains away, it's unclear if these enclosures will be safe for their animals."

Some red-handed tamarins, lemurs and spider monkeys will stay at the zoo temporarily. Other animals were transferred to the San Antonio zoo. 

It's unclear how long the zoo will house the animals or if they will receive more. 

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