Lions And Zoos

Secure space! Animals captured in deadly fires in France are back home

More than 370 animals, including lions and monkeys, from Arachon Zoo in France had to be evacuated early as a dangerous forest fire threatened their lives. While many found refuge in other zoos, some 14 of them died because they could not bear the stress

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Home sweetness! After a wildfire swept through France in the last week of July, due to a severe heat wave, the animals that had been moved returned to their zoo outside Bordeaux, in the south-west of the France. AFP

A lion is brought back to the zoo in La Teste-de-Buch, in southwestern France.  The fiery flames had forced the emergency evacuation of 363 animals from the zoo.  However, 14 animals could not survive and died of heat-related illnesses.  AFP

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A lion is brought back to the zoo in La Teste-de-Buch, in southwestern France. The fiery flames had forced the emergency evacuation of 363 animals from the zoo. However, 14 animals could not survive and died of heat-related illnesses. AFP

The forest fires that started on July 12 devoured nearly 21,000 hectares of forest in 12 days in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon basin.  AFP

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The forest fires that started on July 12 devoured nearly 21,000 hectares of forest in 12 days in Landiras and La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon basin. AFP

According to reports, during the evacuation, all the different types of monkeys were captured first, as the burning trees affected their natural habitat.  According to media reports, the evacuation was tricky as special arrangements had to be made to transport the animals safely.  AFP

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According to reports, during the evacuation, all the different types of monkeys were captured first, as the burning trees affected their natural habitat. According to media reports, the evacuation was tricky as special arrangements had to be made to transport the animals safely. AFP

The forest fire also forced the evacuations of more than 39,000 people, including 16,000 on Monday in France.  Authorities said 10 water bomber planes and more than 2,000 firefighters worked day and night to contain the blaze.  AFP

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The forest fire also forced the evacuations of more than 39,000 people, including 16,000 on Monday in France. Authorities said 10 water bomber planes and more than 2,000 firefighters worked day and night to contain the blaze. AFP

The evacuated animals were moved to 20 different zoos across France.  Dozens of zookeepers and veterinarians have volunteered to help.  AFP

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The evacuated animals were moved to 20 different zoos across France. Dozens of zookeepers and veterinarians have volunteered to help. AFP

Employees open a box containing a primate to bring back to its zoo in La Teste-de-Buch, in southwestern France.  AFP

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Employees open a box containing a primate to bring back to its zoo in La Teste-de-Buch, in southwestern France. AFP