4 questions to ask when selecting zoo fencing

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You want your zoo to be top of the list when it comes to choosing the ultimate day out, and although the public may not think too much about it, fencing plays a huge part in that. It needs to be completely secure, keeping the animals contained and visitors at a safe distance, yet still able to see their favourites clearly. In addition, effective zoo fencing enhances the customer experience; it should do its job so well that visitors don’t even notice it’s there. So here are a few questions you need to ask when selecting fencing for your zoo.

1. Which material should you choose?

You want strong, sturdy and hard-wearing materials. Will you choose mesh, spectator railings or vertical bar railings? Consider the size of the animal, its strength and its capabilities. For example, fences for large cat exhibits such as lion or tiger enclosures need to resist impact from these large, powerful animals, yet high enough so the animal cannot jump the fencing, so mesh and metal fences would be best. In contrast, some four-legged animals may only require a spectator railing to act as a pen around their enclosure. Remember that no matter which material you choose, the public needs to see the animals, and the animals need to be safe from the public.

2. Is the fencing safe for the animals?

The fences need to protect the animals, preventing them from escaping into other enclosures or public areas while stopping visitors from getting in. Failure to provide safe fencing puts the animals is not only in danger but also staff and visitors. Think about special requirements according to the animal; primates will be able to scale some fences extremely quickly, and birds may be able to fly out of enclosures that aren’t completely covered. Does there need to be cranked toppings, netting or alarm wires?

3. Will the fencing blend in?

The less noticeable zoo fencing is, the better, as the public wants a seamless experience to feel as close to the animals as possible. Consider colour; does a fence need to be green to blend in with surrounding trees, for example?

4. Is there adequate fencing in public areas?

Fencing isn’t only required for animal enclosures; it also guides visitors around the park and ensures they remain in safe areas. So make sure your zoo has enough of this type of fencing as well.

Whatever your zoo fencing requirements may be, Zaun has the solution. So get in touch now to find out how we can improve the safety of your public attraction.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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