Zoo Miami closes monorail after four decades of service – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

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MIAMI (AP) – Zoo Miami’s “Zoofari” monorail system has been decommissioned after four decades of service, officials announced Friday.

When the monorail opened in 1982, it consisted of three trains that took passengers on a 2.2-mile journey through the zoo. Additional trains were added in 1987 after the New Orleans World’s Fair.

The monorail was damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1982, and it took several months to make repairs, according to a press release.

The original manufacturer went out of business and replacement parts were no longer available, the release said. In 1987, the zoo began using one of the trains for parts to keep the others moving.

But it eventually became prohibitive to maintain the system and officials made the decision to shut it down.

The monorail track will be removed from the zoo, possibly by the end of the year, officials said.

The zoo has several other modes of transport, including regular tram tours and safari bike rentals.

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