BELVIDERE, Ill. -- Volunteers came by the hundreds, any before sun up, offering supplies and muscle to get the zoo back on its feet.
Rick Anderson opened the zoo and animal sanctuary nine years ago and has lived in the area for 30 years and has never seen a lick of storm damage.
Last night, he was one of the only in this town hard hit.
About 200 animals are on the property and only two were lost. They were in the main building in an area of significant damage. Three buildings vanished without a trace.
The worst damage is to the zoo’s fencing. Most of that will be fixed by the end of today.
Thanks to generosity from near and far, much of the financial strain to get the zoo secure is being taken care of, including more than 1000-feet of fencing.
The zoo was scheduled to open in two weeks.
An account has been sent up at GoFundMe. Initially the goal was to raise $20,000 – enough to rebuild the fence. But thanks to generous donations, they met that goal and made a new one that will help with the rebuilding, reconstruction and animal care.