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A Rainforest Still Grows In Galveston

Several days after Hurricane Ike hit the greater Houston area, communication still remains spotty with Galveston. I did try to contact the folks at Moody Gardens to see whether their Rainforest Pyramid sustained damage; inside is a collection of some 2,000 plant species plus 175 animal species and pools of fresh water fish.

the pyramids at Moody Gardens

By all reports, the Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens in Galveston sustained very little damage during Hurricane Ike. photo credit: Bryan Dawson hide caption

itoggle caption photo credit: Bryan Dawson

Jerri Hamachek is a spokesperson from Moody, currently in NY. She told me that despite the catastrophic hurricane, "we've been pretty fortunate. I've seen photos of the Rainforest Pyramid and there's some glass breakage but it didn't collapse. And there's been no breach of our 1.5 million gallon aquarium." That would have been disastrous.

What does concern Hamacheck are the indoor pools of fresh water fish, particularly whether there was enough flooding to have stranded them outside their pools. I haven't heard anything further about that. The few staff members still on site have enough on their hands — particularly with all those free-range parrots — without me pestering them for news of kalanchoe and koi.

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I had forgotten about Moody Gardens. It's good to know that the facility is in OK shape. The videos and stills that I've seen of Galveston so far have been pretty bleak. Thanks for the update.

Sent by burro | 4:53 PM | 9-15-2008

My family visited Moody Gardens last summer and my 11 year old twin boys are quite concerned with it and the animals conditions. Please keep us posted.

Sent by Pam | 1:29 AM | 9-22-2008