A fire was reported in a building housing primates, foxes and other animals, behind the main building of Snake Farm, about 8:40 p.m. Friday. The fire was caused by a heat lamp, said Snake Farm Development Director Marissa Atamas.
Mufassa, a male baboon, had been at Snake Farm for nine years and was a former unicycle-riding circus animal. At Snake Farm, he often drew on the floor of his enclosure with chalk, Atamos said. His mate, Mindy, had been rescued from an animal research lab.