Sad News this evening as it’s been Annouced that 1 ardvark and 4 meerkats have been found dead after a restaurant went up in flames at London Zoo on Saturday morning.
The Zoo Annouced the drags on a stamens What has bee shared on the website.
ZSL London Zoo can confirm that at approximately 6am on Saturday 23 December a fire broke out in the Animal Adventure section of the Zoo, and spread to an adjacent shop.
We have keepers living on site and they, along with our security team, responded incredibly quickly to move animals to safe locations within their enclosures.
The London Fire Brigade were on the scene within minutes and the fire was brought under control by 9:16am.
Those staff who were first on the scene have been treated on site for shock and smoke inhalation.
Sadly our vets have confirmed the death of our nine-year-old aardvark, Misha. There are also four meerkats still unaccounted for, but we are now presuming these have also died.
All other animals in the vicinity are being monitored closely by our vets, but early signs suggest they have not been affected. We will continue to monitor them over the coming days.
We are all naturally devastated by this, but are immensely grateful to the fire brigade, who reacted quickly to the situation to bring the fire under control.
It’s too soon to speculate on the cause of the fire but we will be working very closely with fire investigators over the coming days and weeks to ascertain the cause. The Zoo will be closed for the day and fire crews will remain on site for some time damping down.
After consultation with fire experts attending today, we are confident that we can safely open the zoo tomorrow. The Zoo will be open tomorrow, Sunday 24 December, from 10am.