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Santa Barbara Zoo evacuates some animals as precautionary measure

Zoo is in Thomas Fire voluntary evacuation zone

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Zoo has evacuated some of their animals as a precautionary measure as the Thomas Fire rages nearby.

The zoo has placed some smaller animals and birds in kennels and crates inside the zoo pavilion so that they are ready to go at a moment's notice.

Santa Barbara Zoo has already evacuated a handful of animals including California condors and Ruppell’s griffon vultures, which are at the Los Angeles Zoo, and the visiting reindeer, which are currently housed at Earl Warren Showground.

The zoo also herded their sheep into crates to be taken to a smoke-free area.

San Diego Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Fresno Zoo, Charles Paddock Zoo and Safari West have all offered their help to Santa Barbara Zoo.

The zoo was closed on Saturday as more evacuations were ordered for Santa Barbara and Montecito. The zoo was included in the voluntary evacuations.

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