Metro zoo, Florida
In August 1990, the Asian River
Life Experience opened. Then in 1992, Hurricane Andrew hit the zoo, toppling
over 5,000 trees and destroying the Wings of Asia aviary, which had been built
to withstand winds of up to 120 miles per hour (193 km/h). The 300 birds in the
aviary were lost. The zoo, though looking quite different, was reopened on 18
December 1992. By July 1993, many of the animals had been returned to Metrozoo,
and 7,000 new trees planted to begin restoring the zoo. The Falcon Batchelor
Komodo Dragon Encounter opened in January 1996, followed by Andean Condor
(1999), Meerkats (2000), Cuban Crocodiles and Squirrel Monkeys (2001), and Dr.
Wilde's World, which is an indoor facility for traveling zoological exhibits.