Donations target smashed after animals die in Chester Zoo fire

Donations to fire-hit Chester Zoo have more than doubled the target after it was confirmed not all animals could be saved from the blaze that ripped through its rainforest attraction.

The rush of financial support came as the the zoo's chief operating officer confirmed insects, frogs, fish and small birds died on what he described as "one of the toughest days in Chester Zoo’s long history".

Over £100,000 was raised as public generosity saw the JustGiving appeal surpass the £50,000 target on Sunday to help fund the Monsoon Forest recovery from Saturday's fire.

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Chester Zoo working to account for animals

Chester Zoo staff are still working to account for all animals affected by huge fire at the Monsoon Forest habitat.

Fire Crews were called to the zoo at 11.28am and there are currently 15 fire appliances in attendance at the scene.

Crews – wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets - are currently tackling the blaze in a building on the site, which is 100m by 25m.

The zoo has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries at this time.

The zoo’s teams are now assessing the situation. Critically endangered Sumatran orangutans and other mammals are all accounted for. We are working hard to account for all other species.

– Chester Zoo

Drivers are advised to avoid the area whilst emergency services continue to work at the scene.

The zoo’s The Lanterns event this evening has been cancelled and ticket holders notified by email. The zoo remains closed.

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