13 monkeys die in safari park blaze
THIRTEEN monkeys have been killed in a fire at Woburn Safari Park.
The blaze broke out in the early hours of Tuesday in the Patas monkey house within the African Forest drive-through enclosure of the park in Bedfordshire.
It is the latest fire to hit an animal centre, after one at London Zoo before Christmas killed an aardvark and four meerkats.
A Woburn spokesman said: “Staff and fire crews attended the scene. However, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved.”
All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored by park staff.
The park will remain open, although the jungle enclosure is closed while the fire is investigated.