Arkansas Zoo to improve mesh fencing

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Officials at the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas are planning huge changes to its mesh fencing almost a year after a three-year-old boy fell into a jaguar enclosure and sustained serious injuries.

Shocking accident

The inquisitive toddler was on a day out with his father and grandfather in October 2014 when he fell 15 feet over the railings into a jaguar exhibit while trying to get a closer look at the big cats. Within seconds, one of the animals was seen with its jaws around the little boy’s neck. He sustained serious lacerations and puncture wounds before being rescued by zoo workers, who used fire extinguishers to keep the animals at bay. The boy was transported to a hospital within five minutes, where he luckily made a full recovery. The accident, however, left visitors understandably nervous, and the zoo was forced to close for several days afterwards.

Improvements in Fencing for Zoos

A comprehensive investigation was carried out following the shocking incident, and now major measures are coming into force to ensure that an accident of this sort does not happen again. Central to these plans is a series of new two-part fences, which will be erected around the big cats and great apes areas, making the exhibits much more secure. The two sets of fencing are separated by an empty area, meaning if anyone or anything were to fall over the railings, they would still be cut off from the wild animals in the pens. In addition, the new fencing will be much taller and wider than the previous set of railings.

The team in Arkansas have decided to install a range of perimeter mesh fencing already used in zoos all over the world; this mesh fencing is multi-purpose in its design, being strong, able to withstand the considerable weight and easy to see through. Once the new zoo fencing is complete, the Little Rock Zoo is confident that parents will be able to let their little ones enjoy the wild animal exhibits fully, without any risk of falling or injuring themselves.

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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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