Houston Zoo staff rode out Harvey with animals

About 60 staffers at the Houston Zoo rode out Harvey with the animals.

HOUSTON - During the height of Harvey, there were about 60 staffers at the Houston Zoo who stayed with the animals 

These staffers were part of what is being called "the ride out team." They worked 24-hour shifts over several days to make sure all the animals in the zoo were safe during the storm. 

Kevin Hodge, the head of the team, said they slept in different buildings throughout the zoo to keep a close-eye on all the animals. 

Hodge slept in the bug house and despite the creepy crawlers all around him, he says he was safe in there. 

"We have several buildings dedicated as hurricane-safe buildings," said Hodge. 

The majority of damage took place at the Giraffe House where water covered the entire exhibit and reached about 8 inches in the barn. The reflection pond also flooded. 

Hodge says the birds and tigers were affected the most by the storm. "I think they were just ready for it all to be over with," said Hodge. 

Zoo communities from across the country showed their support for Houston in the aftermath of Harvey. 

The zoo reopened on Friday, Sept. 1. 

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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