Workers in the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday evacuated birds and a number of smaller primate species, including lemurs, as a paintbrush raged on a nearby hill.
According to a statement published on the zoo's website, the staff removed birds from the World of Birds & # 39; show and some mammals from their lodgings and brought them to safety.
& # 39; We have turned on our sprinkler systems and our ground maintenance staff started spraying the slope by hand & # 39 ;, was the message. It does not appear that the smoke causes problems for the animals, but staff on location keep an eye on the conditions. & # 39;
Smoke from a wildfire rises above the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California, November 9, 2018
An animal caretaker loads the animals in a truck to return to their residence after a short evacuation due to the presence of a nearby wildfire at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Zoo staff on Friday morning removed birds from the & # 39; World of Birds & # 39; show (photo)
Some smaller primate species, including maki's, were also removed from the zoo
The zoo was closed for visitors on Friday, but employees stayed at the factory and continued their work.
The Los Angeles fire brigade said that the firelight in Griffith Park, located directly behind the zoo in Toyon Canyon, flooded 30 hectares of land.
It started around 8.00 am in a remote, difficult to reach part of the park, but by the end of the morning it was largely extinguished, with a few more hotspots left, reported Los Angeles Times.
Employees of the Los Angeles Zoo move birds to an indoor classroom to protect them from the smoke of the wildfire at Griffith Park
The zoo said that the smoke from the fire did not adversely affect the animals
The zoo was closed for visitors on Friday, but the staff stayed at work
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, said in a tweet that the fire of Griffith Park contained 60 percent from 2 hours of Pacific Time.
One firefighter was injured during the battle against the fire and was taken to a hospital.
The zoo and botanical gardens of Los Angeles were opened in 1966. The 133-hectare facility houses more than 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are at risk.
Moreover, the botanical collection of the zoo consists of different planted gardens and more than 800 different plant species with about 7,000 individual plants.
The zoo receives nearly 1.8 million visitors a year and is owned and operated by the city of Los Angeles.
Fast-moving forest fires across the state forced 157,000 people to evacuate their homes and claimed the lives of at least five people who were found dead in their burnt-out cars in Northern California.
Evacuation orders include the entire city of Malibu, where 13,000 live, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
The fire lit up behind the zoo around 8.00 in a remote, difficult to reach part of the park, but by the end of the morning it was largely extinguished