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Southern California zoo evacuates ahead of growing wildfire

Southern California zoo evacuates ahead of growing wildfire
Posted at 4:40 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:07:37-04

The Orange County Zoo is evacuating animals and staff because of a fast-moving wildfire in Southern California.

About 150 animals are temporarily relocating to the Santa Ana Zoo.

The animals include bears, goats, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and various birds of prey. The Orange County Zoo is part of an area under mandatory evacuation orders from the Silverado Fire.

The Blue Ridge fire is also burning nearby. The two fires have burned a combined 30,000 acres.

The zoo has evacuated before, in 2017 because of a wildfire, and has extra kennels and supplies on hand ready to go.

Zoo staff is also relocating, to help care for the animals in their temporary homes. They will not be on display at the Santa Ana Zoo.