Bismarck zoo rebounding after flood shutdown

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials at Bismarck's Dakota Zoo say there's been a surge of visitors since the flood-threated facility reopened in early July.

The zoo was shut down for six weeks by the threat of Missouri River flooding. The facility has brought back its 100 evacuated animals and ironically also is now housing some displaced animals from Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo, which was flooded by the Souris River this summer.

Dakota Zoo Director Terry Lincoln tells The Bismarck Tribune ( that July was close to a record month for visitation, and August numbers are strong, too.

The zoo was protected by a temporary dike and didn't flood. But Lincoln says the shutdown cost the zoo about $200,000 in income. Officials also are still dealing with groundwater flooding, and weakened and falling trees.