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Chester Zoo receives over £120,000 in donations following fire
Many animals, including orangutans, are needing to be rehomed to other areas of the zoo.
Funds to be spent on conservation projects

Following the devasting fire at Chester Zoo on 15 December 2018, well-wishing members of the public have donated over £120,000 in funds to help repair the damage.

The fire claimed the lives of numerous rare insects, frogs, fish, snakes and small birds.

Chester zoo has said that it is “totally overwhelmed” by the donations received, which is more than double the amount of the original £60,000 target.

Jamie Christon, chief operating officer at the zoo, commented that the Justgiving donation page was set-up in response to the enormous number of enquiries from the public asking how they could help.

Fortunately, many of their 21,000 animals were saved by being tempted away from the fire with food. Orangutans, macaques, gibbons, large birds and other animals survived, but rehoming is now taking place within the zoo.

Mr Christon explained: “It's quite a complex task. For example, we have got 51 primate moves - that's 51 moves of large mammal species across the zoo over the next few days to make sure their welfare is maintained."

Mr Christon said that while the cost of repairing the roof will be covered by insurance, the money raised will be spent on conservation projects.

Commenting on the affected animals, Mr Christon said that they were “part of conservation breeding programmes” and that Chester zoo “will look to be part of those vital projects once again in the near future".

The cause of the fire has been deemed “accidental” but the zoo is working closely with firefighters to establish exactly what happened.

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Nominations for 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards now open

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 People across the UK are being urged to nominate a standout animal champion for the 2019 RSPCA Honours Awards.

The awards recognise those who have worked tirelessly to improve animal welfare, campaigned on behalf of animals, or shown true bravery. Previous winners include comedian John Bishop, who was awarded Celebrity Animal Champion of the Year, and 11-year-old Lobby Cantwell, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity through mountain climbs and bike rides.

To submit a nomination or find out more about the awards visit the RSPCA website. Nominations will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, March 15.  

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New £1m project to investigate dairy cow lameness

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is leading a new £1 million research project to investigate the causes of lameness in dairy cows.

One in three dairy cows are affected by lameness every day in the UK, costing the industry an estimated £250 milion annually.

The project will take three years to complete and is due to finish by November 2021.

Professor Georgios Banos of SRUC commented: “In addition to pain and discomfort to the animal, lameness is associated with decreased milk production and inflated farm costs.

“Among cows raised in the same environment, some become lame while others do not. Understanding the reasons behind this will help us develop targeted preventive practices contributing to enhanced animal welfare and farm profitability.”