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.

Read also: Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

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.

Read more: Another Table Mountain camp robbed

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.

Listen to the discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Dealerships must pay for cars damaged or stolen in their care, it's the law

Once you hand over your keys to a car dealership, the Consumer Protection Act says that they are liable for anything that happens.

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

More than 11 million clams wash up on Robberg Beach in Plett

Nature’s Valley Trust confirmed that an estimated 11.5-million clams washed up covering a large stretch of shore.

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Planned Kleinmond game park won't keep lions or host elephant rides - CapeNature

Cape Town residents and animal welfare activists have raised concerns about the plans to open the Lamloch Safari Park on the R44.

10 safety tips from Sanparks following latest robbery at Table Mountain camp

10 safety tips from Sanparks following latest robbery at Table Mountain camp

The Slangkop Tented Camp in Kommetjie was hit by thieves the weekend. Here's advice on how to keep safe in the area.

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Two men get away with R70 000 in robbery at Cape Town's World of Birds

Walter Mangold, the owner of the popular tourist attraction in Hout Bay, was targeted by two men on the premises on Sunday.

Table Mountain camp closed to tighten security after spike in robberies

Table Mountain camp closed to tighten security after spike in robberies

The camp spot at Constantia Nek will be shut over the festive season until the end of March 2019 in order to improve security.

Popular articles
Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom's head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, says the WhatsApp message doing the rounds about a blackout is misinformation.

What are the rules and regulations when it comes to owning a generator?

What are the rules and regulations when it comes to owning a generator?

A listener on the Afternoon Drive has shared his frustrations with a neighbor's noisy generator and the health risks it posed.

SA second most stressed nation in the world - Here's what you can do about it

SA second most stressed nation in the world - Here's what you can do about it

Health and Performance Educator and Consultant, Richard Sutton discusses methods for de-stressing.

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

A CapeTalk caller explained to Lester Kiewit how he went through flames and over rocks, and debris to escape his car being stoned.

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

Investigative journalist, Karyn Maughan, reflects on a year since charges against former President Jacob Zuma were reinstated.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.