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Selecting the right fencing for animal enclosures

Selecting the right fencing for animal enclosures

13th October 2016

When choosing the right fencing for zoo animals there are a number of considerations to take into account. The number one factor for zoo owners, spectators and also the animals themselves is that the fencing must offer the highest levels of security and safety. There are many fencing options available on the market, but only a handful meet the stringent requirements deemed necessary by zoos and animal parks. It is therefore important to choose the right fencing and security company for the best results. When enclosing large and dangerous animals such as lions, tigers and wolves, there is no room for compromise or second best.

One of our recent projects involved installing perimeter fencing at Longleat Safari Park, a zoo famed for its beautiful location,and most notably its majestic lions. These lions may roam freely to a point, but they still need to be enclosed using the highest grade fencing. In most instances like this we would supply Duo rigid twin wire mesh fencing, together with a cranked topping for additional protection. However, different enclosures and animals require a different approach, and we would tailor our services to suit the specific situation.

Safety and security guaranteed with Duo

Security and safety of spectators and animals is the ultimate priority when it comes to creating or updating zoo enclosures. Our clients also need to be sure their visitors are getting the best experience too. Zoo spectators often want to get as up close and personal with the wildlife as possible, or at the very least to have a clear, unobscured view. When creating enclosures for our clients we take these factors into consideration, and the Duo fencing we use provides the perfect solution.

The double wire construction of Duo fencing makes it our most popular system, and when you see it installed it is easy to see why. This fencing is robust, and features a single vertical wire sandwiched by dual horizontal wires. This fencing is both vandal and animal proof, and also offers a clear line of sight for spectators. For open wildlife parks, this fencing also has a low visual impact allowing it to blend perfectly into the landscape without obscuring the view of the animals or scenery from a distance.

Covering every eventuality for our clients

Many animals are smarter than we might give them credit for, and most will attempt to make a bid for freedom at any given opportunity. Working closely with zoo keepers and other animal experts, we have created enclosures that not only prevent the most cunning of animals from escaping but which also prevent unauthorised access into the enclosure. This means considering every method the animal may use to escape such as biting through fencing, climbing the fence, and even digging underneath. We also have to ensure animals are safe from intruders. There have been many news reports of people climbing into animal enclosures over the years, and this is something we take into account during the design process.

We mentioned our cranked topping previously. This additional and often essential fitting is designed to prevent access out of or into the enclosure. It is the ideal solution to preventing animals escaping or intruders entering the space, and can be designed to suit the exact requirements of the client. We can also supply cranked corners or the fences, ensuring an aesthetic finish that is not only pleasing to the eye, but which also offers security around the entire perimeter of the enclosure.

Fitted with care and precision

Another element to consider when choosing zoo enclosure fencing is the fittings used in the overall design. It is essential that all fittings are chosen carefully and installed with precision, and that there are no sharp edges protruding. Any poorly made fittings could not only compromise the security of the animal, but could also cause an injury to animal, spectator or zoo keeper. For this reason, we use our own proprietary fittings to ensure a sound, secure and safe finish.

Additional considerations

Safe access to the enclosure by authorised personnel is another important consideration, and in many cases we would install a manual gate in the most convenient area of the enclosure. Again, we would work closely with the zoo team to determine the most suitable design, taking into account nearby enclosures, and animal’s habits and the daily routine of the keepers that look after them. In doing so, we create an enclosure that is easy and convenient to access without ever posing a danger to employees or members of the public.

We would be delighted to tell you more about our recent zoo enclosure projects, and to discuss your individual requirements. Speak to us today about our enclosure fencing, and how we can help you to protect your patrons and wildlife with the best security solutions.