Monkey Town to re-open for business after overnight blaze

Staff at the well-known Somerset West wildlife centre, Monkey Town, are swiftly picking up the pieces after an overnight fire caused serious damage.

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The restaurant is lost completely, we've only got walls standing.

Yvette Botha, Monkey Town Primate Centre manager

The fencing of the main baboon enclosure melted away.

Yvette Botha, Monkey Town Primate Centre manager

Botha says the fire also spread to its other enclosures but none of the animals were harmed.

All our animals are 100% fine. No injuries whatsoever.

Yvette Botha, Monkey Town Primate Centre manager

The baboons have been placed in a temporary holding area and the other animals remain in their enclosures.

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Botha says Monkey Town will be operational from Saturday 15 December as it cannot afford to stay closed.

We've got to open. We've got 7000 monkeys to feed and we rely on all the feet that come through the park.

Yvette Botha, Monkey Town Primate Centre manager

She says the braai and picnic area, monkey sanctuary and reptile garden will all be functional. Beverages will be sold from the kiosk on site.

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