Big cats aplenty as hunt for zoo orders becomes a stampede

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Big cats in zoos have an uncanny similarity to children in schools when it comes to security fencing!

There’s a pressing need to keep them safely inside, protect the outside public from intruding within and yet allow good visibility through the fencing to prevent the environment from appearing like a fortress.

So steel fencing manufacturer Zaun, perhaps better known for its schools, prisons, and major events perimeter protection, is often called upon to provide lions and tigers.

Zoo FencingIts expertise dates way back to 2003 when it first installed its Duo fencing with cranking at the top of the mesh panels to keep the tigers within their enclosure at the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown.

The seven tigers, four of whom have circus backgrounds, are the speciality of the zoo, which serves as a sort of retirement home, as is the case with their white tiger, Zena, who has had eye problems for many years and in 2006 had to have one of her eyes removed due to glaucoma.

The family-run zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian fort that originally guarded Sandown’s coast, whose beaches the zoo owners famously used to walk tiger cubs along.

The Sandown solution is similar to the one Zaun is currently supplying to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park for its lion enclosure, which secures the lions and tigers at Riga Zoo in the Latvian capital.

And the Zaun Group was also involved in the recent reopening of London Zoo‘s Asiatic lion enclosure after a £5.7m project to create the Land of the Lions covering more than 2,500 sq m, or half the size of a football pitch – five times the size of the previous enclosure.

Zaun sales manager said: “It’s something we’ve never really pushed, and we’ve just had a steady trickle of zoo projects over the years.  But for some reason, in 2016, we’ve been inundated with enquiries from zoos, especially for their big cat enclosures, as the efforts to conserve endangered species ramps up.”

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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