Updated: April 18, 2013 5:48PM
BROOKFIELD — With no ark available, Brookfield Zoo was closed Thursday for only the third time in its history and flooding in the west suburban park will keep it closed through Friday.
“With the severity of this storm and flooding conditions, we feel it is the right decision to close the zoo,” said Stuart Strahl, Chicago Zoological Society CEO.
“To ensure the safety of our animals and staff, the zoo will still have staff on site who will provide basic core functions, including animal care.”
The zoo hoped to reopen Friday, but late Thursday announced it would again be closed because of flooding inside the zoo and limited access because of flooded streets.
Zoo staff will be on site to provide animal care and facility maintenance, the statement said, and the zoo is planning to reopen on Saturday.
The only other times Brookfield Zoo has closed were Sept. 14, 2008, after a severe rainstorm; and Feb. 2, 2011, after a snowstorm.