The fire that destroyed the Monsoon habitat at Chester Zoo yesterday December 15, sadly meant some of its birds, bats, fish and insects including frogs all sadly died.
All other mammals including the zoo’s group of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques, endangered silvery gibbons and birds such as rhinoceros hornbills were taken away before the fire could get a hold on the dome structure.
Chief operating officer for Chester Zoo said: “New homes have been found within the zoo for all of the animals that were led to safety and our teams are working around the clock to relocate them as soon as possible.
“The strength and support from the public has been incredibly overwhelming and the messages of goodwill have been of great comfort to our teams. We will support each other in rebuilding this part of the zoo and continue our mission of preventing extinction.
“The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but we will be helping the relevant authorities with the investigation that will take place over the coming days and weeks. We would again, like to thank the emergency services for their swift response.”