Chester Zoo launch £50k fundraising campaign after fire

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Chester Zoo have today launched a £50,000 fundraising campaign after a fire broke out at its Monsoon Forest enclosure.

The fire which broke out on Saturday, destroyed much of the roof over an area housing orangutans, gibbons, crocodiles, turtles and exotic birds.

The zoo has already reached 96 per cent of its fundraising target, receiving £47,924.83 of donations so far, which will be used to help continue its conservation work.

The moments after a fire broke out in the Monsoon Forest habitat area. Image: PA

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service declared a major incident after it was called to the zoo shortly before 11.30am on December 15.

Keepers managed to save all the mammal species living in the enclosure in the hours after the fire broke out, including a group of criticially endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques and silvery gibbons.

However, some insects, frogs, fish and small birds located near to the fire were killed.

Firefighters at Chester Zoo after the fire broke out. Image: PA

The animals who survived have been rehomed in different areas of the zoo.

The Monsoon Forest area is billed as one of the biggest indoor enclosures in the UK and is designed to mimic a south-east Asian environment.

It opened in 2015 as part of a £40 million development at the the zoo.