- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A Florida zoo will reopen its doors after winds from Hurricane Irma toppled large trees and destroyed a few animal enclosures.

The Naples Daily News reports Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens will reopen on Oct. 14 after hurricane winds caused significant damage. For the reopening weekend, admission will be free for Collier County residents and $5 for all other Floridians.

The zoo’s president and CEO, Jack Mulvena, says the zoo’s staff wanted to give back to the community with the weekend.

Hurricane winds wiped away decades of growth inside the botanical garden within a few hours. The damage includes two nearly century-old specimens that were planted by the garden’s founder, Dr. Henry Nehrling. Zoo staff and volunteers from across the country have expedited recovery efforts.

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Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, https://www.naplesnews.com

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