A family sleeping in a tent at Taronga Zoo relives the terrifying moment when five “dangerous” lions escaped from their enclosure at 4 a.m. when frantic keepers yelled at them, “Hurry up!” experience. leave yours!
- Five lions have escaped from their enclosure at Taronga Zoo near the Roaring and Snoring tent.
- Family of four in Sydney told they have 30 seconds to get out of tent
- They said they were escorted out of the tent by staff along with 50 other guests
- All lions are back in their enclosures and Taronga Zoo is open as normal
A young family staying overnight at Taronga Zoo was given just 30 seconds to escape its luxury glamping tent after five lions escaped their enclosure just meters from where they were sleeping. I couldn’t get it.
sydney Couple Magnus and Dominic Perry and their young sons Lucas and Oliver heard the zoo’s “roar” and “snoring” around 4 a.m. Wednesday when they were awakened by the sound of lions roaring and grumbling. I was staying in a tent.
With animal sounds touted as a key part of the experience, Perry said the family quickly went back to sleep, believing the lions were safely trapped in their enclosures meters away.
However, less than three hours later, at 6:40 a.m., a blaring alarm sounded throughout the zoo, prompting everyone to evacuate immediately as Taronga Zoo employees ran through the campground and lions were running loose. rice field.
“It happened so quickly,” Perry said.
Roar and Snore guests were trapped indoors for 90 minutes (above) this morning after being told to flee their tents and leave their belongings when five lions breached the containment fence and escaped.
A Sydney couple, Magnus and Dominic Perry, and their young sons Lucas and Oliver (above) are to the roar and snoring of Taronga when the lion is told it will take 30 seconds to “get out” after escaping. I was staying.
“They said, ‘Hurry up! Don’t worry about your personal belongings. This is Code One. Get out of the tent and leave your belongings. Get out in 30 seconds.'”
‘We’re running out of people’
The family, along with about 50 other Roar and Snore guests, were escorted to safety for 90 minutes, Perri said.
He also said he heard the keepers yelling “I’m still outside” until four lions returned to their enclosure, and a tranquilizer gun was used to retrieve one that didn’t. .
Taronga Zoo Executive Director Simon Duffy confirmed to media on Wednesday morning that an adult lion and four lion cubs had escaped at 6:30 am.
“The lions were observed in a small area adjacent to the main lion exhibit, where a six-foot fence separated the lions from the rest of the zoo,” zookeepers said.
Police and zoo personnel were seen checking the fence of a lion enclosure in Savannah (above).
Five escaped lions set off a Code 1 alarm but returned to their enclosure hours later (taronga lion pictured)
“The zoo has very strict safety measures in place in case of an accident like this, and action was taken immediately. Four of the lions quietly returned to their main exhibits and dens and the lion cubs One was safely sedated.”
“All animals are now safe in a display behind the house and are closely monitored.”
He added that video footage showed the incident was under control within 10 minutes at 6:50 am.
“This is a serious incident and a full investigation is currently underway to ascertain exactly how the Lions were able to make the main exhibit,” he said.
Code One alarms are reserved in the event of a “dangerous animal” escaping or creating an alarming situation, ordering staff to immediately lock down to a “safe haven”.
Four lions escaped from their enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo (pictured, seen by police on the fence near the lion viewing area)
Taronga Zoo said in a statement that it would be open as usual today, but the lions would not be on display.
A New South Wales police officer was present at the scene, but confirmed that the zoo was “managing the situation independently.”
Visitors Kirsty, Stuart and Isabel McLaren from Gloucestershire, UK, said they arrived at Taronga when it reopened at 9:30 am and were ready to roam the entire zoo.
“We’re only here to see the koalas,” Kirsty said.
Not far from the zoo’s ferry terminal, the lion escaped the zoo before the gates opened for the day.
Chimpanzee, giraffe and zebra exhibits are also just meters away from the lion enclosure.
Timeline of Lion Breakout at Taronga Zoo
4 am: A family staying in a tent in Roar and Snoring near the Lion’s Enclosure is awakened by a “roar”.
6:30 am: Lions escape from their enclosures.
6:40 am: A Code 1 lockdown alarm has been sounded at the zoo, and all staff except lion keepers have been ordered to hide in a “safe haven”. About 50 Roar and Snore guests were evacuated from their tents and moved to safety.
6:50 am: A zookeeper takes control of the situation and returns the five lions to their enclosure.
8 am: Roar and Snore guests can return to their rooms.
8:28 am: 2GB Sydney radio host Ben Fordham breaks the news that Taronga Zoo is on lockdown after four lions escaped.
8:52 am: Taronga Zoo has released a statement confirming the incident stating that five lions escaped but returned to their enclosure.
“There was an emergency at Taronga Zoo this morning, and five lions were forced out of their enclosure.
“The zoo has strict safety procedures in place for accidents like this. Everyone on site has been moved to a safe zone and no guests or staff are injured.
“All animals are currently on display and are being closely monitored by zoo staff. Starting today, the zoo will open as normal. Further details will be provided as soon as possible.”
10:30 AM: Zoo officials confirm the escape was caused by a broken fence in the savannah enclosure.
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