The 2013 Fire
A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed. The current total in the Five Sisters Zoo Fire Fund is just over £105,000!
We have set up a fund dedicated to repairs and restoration needed after the fire. Anyone wishing to donate to our continued redevelopment can simply click on this link and select the Five Sisters Zoo Fire Fund from the dropdown menu under ‘Campaign’.
Our worst nightmare – a devastating fire on Sunday 14th April 2013 completely destroyed the reptile/tropical house and buildings around it.
We can sadly confirm the unbelievable loss of 48 different species including reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals. Goldie, our 14ft albino burmese python had recently been moved out of this area so has survived. The fire spread to the otter pond, killing our male otter, but the female is alive and being cared for by staff. Two of our meerkats survived, despite their house being totally destroyed.
Amazingly the crocodiles, housed next to the reptile house also survived. They were discovered submerged in their pond underneath rubble and ash despite their house also been burnt to the ground.
Shirley and Brian Curran, the staff and volunteers at the Zoo wish to thank everyone for their messages of support, offers of help and generous donations received to date.
We will be updating the blog/facebook and twitter sites on a regular basis to keep everyone informed as to what is happening.
A memorial garden has now been completed within the Zoo and this has been dedicated to all our beloved animals that have been lost, but will never be forgotten.
Thank you everyone!
Your support has helped greatly over this difficult time.