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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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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”