*UPDATE 20th DECEMBER - including a video message from our Chief Operating Officer, Jamie Christon*
Five days on from the incident, the animals rescued from Monsoon Forest are well cared for and our keepers are continuing to monitor them around the clock. New homes have been found within the zoo for the animals. Conservationists have worked around the clock to relocate an array of species to a range of habitats spread across the zoo's 125 acres.
But we also have over 20,000 other animals in our care and conservation work to carry out both here in Chester and all around the world, from Indonesia to Kenya. Nothing will distract us from our mission of preventing extinction.
Over the Christmas period, we will continue to take stock of the impact of the fire. We are also focussing on exactly which projects the funds you have so generously donated will be put to use and we look forward to updating you more fully in the New Year.
In January we will be contacting everyone who has indicated they are happy to hear from us to say thank you, and for those who don't wish to be contacted you can check back here for an update.
Thank you again for your incredible generosity and kindness. Letters and donations are still pouring in, and every kind word and every memory shared has made us even more determined to carry on and come back from this experience stronger than ever. We are very lucky and proud to be part of your community, and we love you all.
With our very best wishes for a happy and peaceful New Year,
All of us at CZ x
*UPDATE 17th December*
We just wanted to let you all know where we're up to.
When we set up this page, it was in response to the absolutely overwhelming number of requests to donate, but even so, we could never have imagined the sheer number of you who wanted to help. Thank you so much.
We are keeping the care and welfare of the animals as our highest priority. This is a combination of relocating animals to different parts of the zoo, managing those who will remain in the forest habitat and continuing to take account of and then move our birds. Our teams are working tirelessly and although we would expect no less from such committed professionals, we are in awe of their energy and toughness in dealing with this ongoing situation.
Clearly, this has been a really terrible time for everyone here. But your support has helped give us the strength to keep fighting for our charitable mission preventing extinction.
Here at the zoo and out in the field, we keep working to protect wildlife and that doesn't stop; so neither will we. We're working hard to ensure that your donations will be put to use where they're needed most for conserving the species represented in our Monsoon Forest habitat.
Thank you for being so wonderful.
All of us here at CZ x
*UPDATE 16th December*
We're totally overwhelmed by the love and concern from everyone wanting to help in any way they can.
With such a huge number of you asking what you can do to support, we've set up this page so anyone who wants to donate has the opportunity to do so. All the incredible supporters who've given are providing us with a fund which will help us continue with our mission to prevent extinction.
Thank you so much for your kindness. Our teams have been working around the clock and knowing how much support there is behind them has made this awful time a little easier to bear.
You can also make a donation via text. Just send WILD34 £5 to 70070.
For the official statement and news from Chester Zoo, you can visit: https://www.chesterzoo.org/whats-happening/zoo-news/2018/12/monsoon-forest-statement
Thank you again. You're all amazing.