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 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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