Jaguars from the Texas Zoo relocated to Dallas

Jax, a male jaguar, staying at the Dallas Zoo while crews work to repair and rebuild the Texas Zoo in Victoria that was damaged during Hurricane Harvey. [Photo courtesy/Dallas Zoo]

Two jaguars from the Texas Zoo in Victoria found shelter in Dallas as the zoo damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey rebuilds, The Dallas News reported last week.

Other institutions around Texas took in other animals until things return to normal. The Zoo said on Facebook Live that it expects the majority of its animals to return after repairs are completed.

The Dallas Zoo accepted a male and a female jaguar and both are being cared for in the quarantine area.

“We’re now focused on ensuring their stay is as comfortable as possible until we know more about the state of their home,” the Dallas Zoo said on Facebook.

Zoos and aquariums are also pitching in with recovery efforts. Crews from the Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Austin and Cameron Park Zoos, among others, went down to Victoria to assist with cleanup.

The Dallas Zoo also sent cases of meat to help feed the big cats, and said one sought shelter on a raised climbing structure while her habitat was underwater for days.

One of the alligators was also able to escape in the high water, but was spotted at a moat behind the zoo and wrangled back to its exhibit, the Texas Zoo said. The Texas Zoo said it lost “very, very few” animals including a turkey, hawk, sheep and some turtles, but the rest are “safe and sound.”

The zoo near the Texas coast flooded when the Guadalupe River that borders it crested above the flood stage. The staff that remained at the zoo moved the animals to higher ground as the water rose.

One Texas Zoo staff member arrived on the grounds by boat and waded around through the water to show images of downed trees, damaged exhibits and waist-high water marks on buildings.

By last Monday, the roads and fields leading up to the zoo were dry. Chainsaws whirred in a video as downed limbs were being removed. The zoo was still without power but did have running water.

The Texas Zoo started a Go-Fund-Me campaign to assist with recovery expenses.

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