this morning, five lions – one adult and four cubs - were located outside their main exhibit.
an integrity issue with a containment fence enabled five lions to temporarily exit their main exhibit.
Posted on 02nd November 2022 by Media Relations
Statement update - 5.00pm
An initial review of this morning’s incident has confirmed that an integrity issue with a containment fence enabled five lions to temporarily exit their main exhibit.
The lions are now in a back-of-house holding area while a full review continues.
A full report will now be prepared for the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Keepers and vets report all lions are doing well.
Taronga Zoo remains open and is extremely grateful to its staff and the community for their support today.
Statement update - 12.00pm
At 6:30am this morning, five lions – one adult and four cubs - were located outside their main exhibit.
The lions were observed in a small area adjacent to the main exhibit, where a six-foot fence separated them from the rest of the zoo.
The zoo has strict safety protocols in place for such an incident and immediate action was taken. We regularly conduct drills to ensure we are prepared.
All persons on site were moved to safe zones. Four of the lions calmly returned to their dens, and one cub was safely tranquilised. The cub is now awake and well.
All animals are now in their back-of-house exhibit and are being closely monitored.
All Zoo staff acted swiftly, and procedures and processes were followed as they should have been. As a result, the situation was under control within minutes.
We have since reviewed video footage, and we have confirmed it was less than 10 minutes between the lions exiting the main exhibit, and the emergency response being enacted.
This is a significant incident, and a full review is now underway to confirm exactly how the lions were able to exit their main exhibit.
Taronga would like to thank all staff and guests who were on site this morning who acted calmly and ensured a successful outcome for all.