Chairlift’s annual assessment

We’re awaiting the arrival of independent assessors to carry out the annual safety check of our popular chairlift.

All 41 numbered chairs have been removed by our site maintenance team in readiness for the forthcoming inspection, which will also include examining the ride’s mechanisms and steel rope.

Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: “The inspectors will randomly choose half of the chairs to test and we’ll be installing scaffolding at the top of the chairlift to enable a rigorous testing of the wheels and bearings to make sure it’s safe to run for the next 12 months.

“All being well we hope to have lift off again in time for the Easter holidays and the zoo’s busy 2018 season.”

The two-minute ride, which flies over our gelada baboons and Sulawesi crested macaques re-opened more than five years ago following £117,000 Heritage Lottery funding.