Rather than simply restock the lagoon, one of the zoo's most popular attractions, CEO Peter D'Arienzo says it will not reopen, at least in its current form.
"It just doesn't feel right getting new stingrays when we don't have a proper backup pump," said D'Arienzo, as quoted by MLive. "No new stingray exhibit will be built until we know that can be done. We are responsible for these animals. It is our number one reason for being here. Anything less is not acceptable."
While any zoo reforms made with animal safety in mind are certainly commendable, rethinking captivity itself would be the best move of all.