The staff at Taronga Zoo explained how the five lions came out.
Taronga Zoo has relayed information on how five lions broke out of the enclosure and caused the emergency.
When the police arrived, they saw a piece of fence and “dig for a sign” to find out what was going on.
At around 6:30 a.m., one adult lion and four cubs were found outside their enclosure at the harborside zoo. This is called an emergency.
When “code one” is called, staff and guests staying as part of the “Roar and Snoar” program are told to “run” to a safe zone.
At around 9am, Taronga Zoo confirmed that the animals were returning to their exhibit and that no staff or visitors were injured.
The Zoo later said the escape was caused by poor fencing in the enclosure.
“An initial review of this morning’s incident has shown that five lions were able to temporarily leave their main exhibit because of a problem with a containment fence,” Taronga said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
“The lions are now in a holding area in the back of the house while a full review is going on.”
The NSW Department of Primary Industries will now get a full report.
“Keepers and vets say that all of the lions are doing well. “Taronga Zoo is still open and is very thankful to its staff and the community for their help today.
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Simon Duffy, the director of the Taronga Zoo, said the lions were found in a small area “next to the main lion exhibit,” but he said they still didn’t know how they got out.
He said that the lions were separated from the rest of the zoo by a second “six-foot containment fence.”
“I’d like to remind everyone that Taronga Zoo has its own safety fence around the outside,” he said.
So the lions never left that area or left Taronga Zoo.
“The zoo has very strict safety rules in place for situations like this, and steps were taken right away.”
One lion cub had to be put to sleep, but the other four found their way to a place where they could be kept safe.
Even though four of the lions made it back on their own, one cub was put to sleep to keep it safe.
“This is a big deal, and a full investigation is now being done to find out how the lions got away,” Mr. Duffy said.
He also said that “less than 10 minutes passed from the time the lions left their main exhibit to the time the full emergency response was in place.”
Mr. Duffy said that the lions would not go back to their exhibit until it was completely checked out.
“To make sure it is 100% safe,” he said. “The lions won’t go into that area until that’s done.”
As of now, Taronga Zoo hasn’t said how the lions got out of their enclosure.
‘Digging marks’ inside lion exhibit
After the lions were found, police and staff were seen checking out the lion exhibit. They paid special attention to a part of the first fence that kept the lions in.
Karl Stefanovic, the host of Today, said that it looked like the workers were “looking for holes in the fences.”
“They seem to be pulling at some of the fences and other parts of the pretty big and high enclosures to figure out how they got out,” he said.
“They focused on one part of the fence, and it looked like they fixed it pretty quickly.”
Stefanovic also said that the dirt looked like it had been dug up or something.
“All you can think about are the questions that are being asked right now,” he said.
“Like, I don’t know how these lions got out of that enclosure through that hole in the fence. It seems so safe.”
The zoo said in a statement that there are “strict safety protocols in place for this kind of event.”
“Everyone on site has been moved to safe zones, and neither guests nor staff have been hurt,” the statement said.
“As usual, the zoo will be open today. When it is possible, more information will be given.”
Mogo Zoo’s CEO spills the beans on their emergency plans
Chad Staples, the chief executive of Mogo Zoo on the south coast of NSW and a zookeeper, told Today that zoos have a plan for what to do if an animal gets out of its cage.
Mr. Staples said he thought the lions were probably “contained in another enclosure,” but he didn’t know the exact details of how they got out.
“There are rules for taking care of animals in every way, and one of them is that animals sometimes have to get away,” he said.
Mr. Staples said that the situation was probably “terrifying” for everyone involved.
“I think everyone there would be scared out of their minds, and the lions would be scared out of their minds, too,” he said.
“They like the way things are. They drive on even though they know what’s going on. So I’m really glad this turned out the way it did.”
The lion enclosure is in the part of the zoo called the African Savannah. This is where the giraffes, zebras, meerkats, and fennec foxes live.
At Taronga Zoo, there are two adult lions and five young lion cubs. For the first time in 18 years, the zoo got five cubs in August.