Longleat pride at big cat homes

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A massive investment in several big cats and large carnivore enclosures has come to fruition at one of the UK’s most popular safari parks.

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire embarked on the major upgrade over three years ago to create an enhanced visitor experience while ensuring absolute safety for both man and animal.

Longleat turned to steel fencing manufacturer Zaun Ltd and subsidiary Binns Fencing, perhaps better known for their schools, prisons and major events perimeter protection, but are also often called upon to provide enclosures for lions, tigers and cheetahs.

Their expertise dates way back to 2003 when they first installed Zaun’s Duo fencing with cranking at the top of the mesh panels to keep the tigers within their enclosure at Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown.

Binns installed the fencing, seeing its stunning public debut in August 2016 when Longleat’s lions were moved into their new home on popular TV series Animal Park as part of the safari park’s 50th anniversary.

Head of Animal Operations at Longleat Darren Beasley said: “We had to create a natural habitat for them that kept both these fantastic creatures and our visitors perfectly safe and avoided making it look like a mesh enclosure.  So you can see them, you can smell them and really feel like you are among them.”

In all, Binns has installed the lion and tiger reserves, a wolf enclosure and five further large carnivore paddocks for hyenas and other animals which live within the countryside estate.

The majority of the more than 3.5 kilometres of fencing for Lion Country and Tiger Territory has been 4m high Duo8 fencing with a 1m angled crank at the top and a 1.2m horizontal panel buried into the ground to ensure the big cats can’t get under.

In addition, the hyena enclosure required a continuous 1m concrete trench to stop them from burrowing out.

Binns project manager Dominic Hurley said: “It’s been great to establish such a long term relationship with Longleat through stage after stage of phased installations.  We’re proud to have helped enhance the visitor experience at the safari park.”

The Zaun Group has also installed ZSL London Zoo‘s Asiatic lion enclosure and supplied the lions and tigers compounds at Riga Zoo in the capital of Latvia.

About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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