Twycross Zoo in lockdown after animal escapes enclosure

Twycross Zoo had to temporarily shutdown this morning after a gibbon escaped its enclosure.

The incident happened shortly after the zoo opened this morning, with all visitors asked to stay in the Himalaya Centre in the zoo while the incident was dealt with.

The £2m Gibbon Forest habitat opened in February 2016, and is a key attraction at the zoo.

The incident was dealt with within 20 minutes, without any visitors being in danger at any time.

A statement was released by Dr Sharon Redrobe OBE, CEO for Twycross Zoo, who said:

“As a precaution, and as part of our standard procedure, we temporarily closed the zoo this morning due to one of our gibbons being in an area he shouldn’t be in.”

“Our animal team were in control of the situation at all times and at no time were any visitors, animals or team members in any danger.”

“The zoo reopened within 20 minutes and we are now back to normal operation with our guests continuing to enjoy the sunny bank holiday weekend with us.”

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