July 3, 2013 6:56 pm

Nearly 300 workers laid off from Calgary Zoo following flood damage

CALGARY- $50 million damage from flooding has not only set the Calgary Zoo back financially, but also led to the layoffs of nearly 300 employees.

161 permanent and part time employees have lost their jobs as a result of cuts to every part of the organization, including catering, facilities, horticulture and sales departments.

126 seasonal staff have also been let go, including summer students and teens working at concession stands.

So far, no zookeepers have been affected, but that could change as the zoo looks at ways to move some of the 1,000 animals still in the park.

The Calgary Zoo was forced to close its doors after major flooding destroyed much of the facility, and even led to the deaths of some animals.

As a result, they’re losing about $161,000 per day in lost revenue, and expect to lose a total of $10 million by next April, even with job cuts.

The zoo will not be able to resume full operations until late November, but is expected to reopen in stages starting on July 31.

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