Gorillas break out of Kansas City Zoo habitats

Feb 20, 2012

Visitors were quarantined briefly after two of the Kansas City Zoo's five gorillas got out of their habitat and roamed into a non-public feeding area.

Zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer said the gorillas were found in an area of the Africa exhibit where zookeepers feed the animals about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. She said the zoo then issued a "code red," which means an animal is "not where it's supposed to be."

Visitors were taken out of the Africa exhibit area and held in a safe area for about a half hour before being allowed to leave.

The male gorillas remained contained in the non-public, keeper-only feeding area about two hours later. No injuries were reported.

Neemeyer said zoo officials did not know how the gorillas got out of their habitat.