Dangerous Creatures exhibit to reopen in December

  • 21 November 2012 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

Dangerous Creatures herpetologist Lesley Labuschagne with a green iguana named Freddie. Picture by Carl Schloms

A fire broke out in uShaka Sea World's Dangerous Creatures Exhibit during the early hours of 18 November 2012. Staff on duty alerted the fire department and safety offices who were on the scene soon afterwards.

The fire department soon extinguished the fire, which was contained in a small area of the exhibit. As a safety precaution all the snakes, geckos, frogs, lizards and spiders were removed from the exhibit by the Dangerous Creatures team. Unfortunately four snakes and three geckos died in the fire, but the remainder of the animals have all been given the thumbs-up by the uShaka Sea World veterinarian. 

The exhibit suffered water damage, which is being mopped up this week, but Dangerous Creatures is expected to reopen ahead of the busy Christmas season.

The uShaka security team and the fire brigade have been commended for their quick response to the blaze. The Dangerous Creatures staff, together with many other uShaka and Sea World staff members, all helped to get the animals out and start cleaning up the exhibit. The cleaning team has been singled out for its incredible work.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, an electrical fault is suspected to have been responsible.

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