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4 questions to ask when selecting zoo fencing

4 questions to ask when selecting zoo fencing

19th May 2016

4 questions to ask when selecting zoo fencing

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. Effective zoo fencing enhances the customer experience; it should do its job so well that visitors don’t even notice it’s there. 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. Fences for large cat exhibits such as lion or tiger enclosures need to be able 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, while 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 be able 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 not only puts the animals 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 want a seamless experience where they can 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. Make sure your zoo has enough of this type of fencing as well.

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