Springfield’s Henson Robinson Zoo will be closed until at least Thursday because of damage caused by Monday’s violent storms.
Zoo director Talon Thornton says a number of old, large trees were uprooted and must be cleared. Some of those trees damaged or destroyed fencing around exhibits or around the zoo itself. No zoo exhibits were damaged, and no animals were injured.
The storm led to a few tense moments when a tree demolished the fencing around the African painted dog exhibit. Zookeepers at first could not locate the dogs, which are considered dangerous, and notified 911. But the animals were quickly located inside the enclosure, unharmed, and were secured.