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Prospect Park Zoo reopening Memorial Day weekend after flood damage repairs

Prospect Park Zoo is ready to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. The zoo was forced to close for eight months after flood damage caused by the storm last September, which left 25 feet of water in the buildings’ basements and sub-basements. Repairs have costed an estimated $20 million of federal funds. No animals were harmed during the flooding, and the zoo has been frequently posting about their progress on their Instagram account.

While there will continue to be ongoing repair and restoration projects, the zoo is ready to welcome back the public. Reopening day for members is Friday, May 24, and all guests are welcome on Saturday, May 25. Reserve tickets here! The reopening celebration will include a fun program of special activities, including enrichment chats, Turtle Time and Conservation stations, sea lion feedings with narration, and more.

With the reopening, the zoo will introduce some young new animals, including new members of the baboon family Bandari and Nyani and Pinnelopi the porcupette.

Guests can also visit regular favorites, including the California sea lions, North American river otters, red pandas, dwarf mongoose, dingos, emus, sand cats, alpacas, Shetland sheep, poison dart frogs—and so many more!

All guests and members must reserve date-specific tickets in advance. The zoo is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and stays open until 5:30pm on weekends and holidays. You can arrive at the zoo within one hour of the entry time you select when purchasing tickets. Once you have arrived, you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Adult tickets are $9.95, seniors are $7.95, children ages 3-12 are $6.95, and children 2 and under are free. All members visit for free! Annual membership fees start at $90/individual, $150/couple, and $225/family with children. See all membership levels here.

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