KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo says all animals are “safe and accounted for” after a fire in a building that houses bat-eared foxes, meerkats and other small African animals when they aren’t in their outdoor enclosures.
Zoo spokeswoman Sarah Gay said the zoo’s security team was notified around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday after the blaze started in an external heating source outside the building. She said that crews responded quickly and that the animals have been moved to another building, where they will continue to be monitored by the zoo’s veterinary team.
The structure that burned is made of concrete block so little damage was done to the building itself, but it will need a new roof.