Among many homes and businesses ravaged by last June's flood, the Lake Superior Zoo was hard hit. Flood waters damaged zoo buildings, caused the death of 14 animals, and led to the escape of other animals.

Animal lovers and caring individuals alike offered a great amount of financial support and volunteer help, allowing the zoo to reopen only a month after the flood hit. Since then, additional repairs and improvements have been made, and things are largely back to normal.

To thank the community for the outpouring of support it received, the zoo has decided to throw a celebration on the one year anniversary of the flood (Thursday, June 20, 2013). Visitors will be able to enjoy the zoo free of admission for the day during normal hours, which go from 10 am to 5 pm.