Removal of Invasive Tree and Plant Species at the Louisville Zoo

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
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The Zoo’s Horticulture crew will begin a big clean up project at the northeast corner of the Zoo adjacent to the Ridgefield neighborhood starting Sept. 8.

The project will include forestry mowing to remove invasive plant overgrowth and the encroachment of primarily Bush Honeysuckle.  Tree of Heaven, Grape vine, and Porcelain Berry vines will also be removed.  Each of these species can crowd out or harm nearby native plant species. They can also choke out existing tree canopies.

Another part of the cleanup will include pruning and dead wooding the existing larger stands of trees such as Chinese Elm, Black Cherry, Osage Orange from past ice and wind storm damage. These dead branches need to be removed because they could create a safety problem for pedestrians.

Work begins Sept. 8-11 and will continue Sept. 21-25 and again Sept. 28-Oct. 2.


The Louisville Zoo, a nonprofit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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