The new year came in with ice storms and snow and howling winds that cracked trees like toothpicks leaving behind a trail of destruction. The zoo has been closed since Christmas Day to work on cleanup and hope the several inches of ice on our pathways would give way to milder temperatures. The snapped branches hanging overhead are slowly being cleared away and soon we will be open again. Our beautiful tree planted in the zebra enclosure that my husband Len and I planted in 1979 stands it testament to the strength of mother nature with large branches hanging like broken twigs. This is a tree that I have looked out every morning to see its beauty with the zebra taking shade under and have watched it grow for the last 35 years.
When we finally accept we can move on we wake up after a major rain and wind storm to find our beautiful sign at the entrance to the zoo has been destroyed by vandals. So it's just a sign you think? It was so much more than that; it was a tribute to the new Millennium put up in the year 2000 and was truly a work of art. It is a sign that we were proud of and that many people stood before and had their picture taken and to lose it in this way just seemed to be the last straw in facing the challenges we have beginning our 40th. year. We have given up so much to ensure that the Cherry Brook Zoo continues into the future you begin to think maybe it is time you just give up. But that is not the case and once again our passion is renewed by the people. The many Face Book comments of support and the tangible support of local merchants who have once again restored our belief in this special place that we share with the animals that call Cherry Brook Zoo home.