Gironde: the Teste-de-Buch zoo has reopened to the public



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N.Fleury, V.Piffeteau, A.Alvarez – France 2

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The Teste de Buch zoo, one of the largest in France, reopened on Saturday August 6. Hundreds of animals threatened by the flames had been exfiltrated in emergency three weeks ago, an operation of unprecedented scale in Europe.

Giraffes found their audience at the La Teste-de-Buch zoo (Gironde), Saturday August 6. “We were wondering what we were going to see, and finally we see that everyone has regained their bearings, and that everything looks good for them”, says a visitor. There were many tourists for the reopening. After a forced break in the middle of the summer season, the team hopes to limit the losses and welcomes the return of the public.

As the fire approached, 370 animals had been evacuated in emergency. Some animals, such as tigers or elephants, had to stay put, despite the smoke. “During the time of the evacuation, they were locked in the buildings so that they were not exposed to smoke, we had sealed all the openings with damp cloths”, explains Élodie Trunet, veterinarian. All the animals are in good shape, and eager to return to the public. About sixty of them have not yet found their place. They will be back at the zoo in the next few days.

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