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Calgary Zoo Monkeys: Granby Zoo To Take In Monkeys Left Homeless By flood

07/31/2013 01:54 EDT | Updated 09/30/2013 05:12 EDT
A Quebec zoo is getting ready to welcome evacuees displaced by the floods in Calgary last month.

The Granby Zoo is taking in four spider monkeys left homeless after their habitat was destroyed by flood waters.

Thirty-four animals in total will be shipped off to other zoos across the country.

The four monkeys headed to Quebec will be quarantined for at least one month.

A spokeswoman for the Granby Zoo said visitors likely won’t be able to see them until next summer.

About one-third of the Calgary Zoo reopened to the public today, a month after it was forced to shut down and relocate animals when severe flooding ravaged the city.

The flood caused $60-million in damages and lost revenue for the facility and forced the zoo to lay off 300 workers.

The heavily damaged South American exhibit, where the monkeys were housed, had to be permanently shuttered, while the Destination Africa attraction is undergoing extensive repairs.

The building, located on the zoo’s 32-acre island, is one of the oldest at the zoo and one of the hardest hit when the Bow River overflowed last month.

The animals displaced by the floods are considered to be on loan to the other facilities, but their stay away from Calgary isn’t expected to be short term.

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