GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Nearly three months after closing its door due to damages from a heavy storm, Wildlife Images is reopening this Friday.
In December, strong winds and heavy rain took down about two trees which crashed down on several of the buildings. The gazebo near the park entrance was smashed, as were several fences, and the clinic building. Luckily, during the storm, none of the animals were injured or escaped.
Since the storm, crews have been working to clean-up the mess and remodel some of the buildings. The executive director, Dave Siddon, says the center’s insurance company was unable to cover all of the damage costs.
The executive director is hoping the grand re-opening this Friday will turn a new page for the center.
“We’re going to be doing a lot that day. A lot of festivities during the day. We’re still putting together the parts and pieces of all of that. But we’re going to be a pretty darn nice day. I guess the forecast is supposed to be pretty good,” said Siddon.
Wildlife Images is also throwing a bear birthday bash this summer. On June 22nd, grizzly bears Kodi and Yak will be turning 21-years-old. Click here for more information.