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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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Chief Fire office thanks officers for bringing fire at Chester Zoo under control.

Chester Zoo Credit: Lucy Meacock

Cheshire Chief Fire office thanks officers for bringing fire at Chester Zoo under control.

All agencies worked hard to resolve this incident but naturally I am proud of the Firefighters that worked incredibly hard. They were faced with an escalating fire in a complex building whilst considering the safety of people and animals. Very complex incident - well managed. As a result all the Orangutans were saved and most of the building

– Mark Cashin, Chief Fire Officer
Chester Zoo Credit: Mark Cashin

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