Chester Zoo releases images of animals relocated following fire

Chester Zoo has released images of the animals relocated following the fire on Saturday 15th December.

The fire affected the Monsoon Forest zone and resulted in the deaths of small birds, fish and frogs. More than 80 firefighters tackled the blaze.

chester zoo recover from fire

An appeal raised more than £140,000 following the blaze.

Electrical fault caused fire

In a statement on Facebook the zoo said: “Our conservationists have worked round the clock. We’re thankful to now confirm that every animal who needed a new habitat after last weekend’s fire has now been safely relocated and settled here within the zoo… from Sumatran orangutans in our Realm of the Red Ape to the Asian forest tortoises in our Tropical Realm.”

Investigators established the fire was started accidentally by an electrical fault.

Jamie Christon, Chester Zoo’s chief operating officer, said: “Our efforts now will focus on rebuilding Monsoon Forest so we can return some very special species back to their home and continue our mission to prevent extinction.”

chester zoo recover from fire

Last year, Chester Zoo unveiled a vision that will take it into 2030. The plan includes vast themed zones that will provide excellent habitats for animals, especially endangered species, as well as improve the visitor experience.