KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Africa section of the Kansas City Zoo was closed after multiple chimps escaped from their exhibit.

KCTV5 reported all chimps had been returned to their enclosures a little before 6:00 p.m., Thursday.

Spokesperson Julie Neemeyer said the zoo closes at 4 p.m., but visitors are still there. The staff is telling everyone to stay in their cars and not to mill around the parking lot.

A woman named Tiffany said she and her cousin each took their 2-year-old children to the zoo Thursday and they were ushered into the zoo's theater in the Africa section for safety. She counted about 43 people in the theater with them.

Those staying in the theater were told up to four chimps were originally out of their enclosures, but were still in their area.

They said zoo employees told them they're free to leave, but it's at risk to their own safety as Chopper 5 video shows one chimpanzee remaining on wall.

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