We’re looking ahead to our 2018 redevelopment plans and inviting visitors to choose our next exciting animal project, involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees.
All visitors who add the ten per cent voluntary donation to their entrance fee will receive a token and be invited to vote for one of three major projects we’ve got in the pipeline.
The first project is adapting the fencing in the chimp enclosure, which will enable us to introduce males to the all-female group, as well as extending the climbing frame and creating additional viewing facilities for visitors.
The second proposed development includes reinstating brown bears back into the Tecton Bear Ravine and building separate internal dens at the far end of the paddock as well as providing a large climbing frame.
The third option is to extend the Sumatran tiger enclosure across the rear bank, as well as creating new housing with visitor viewing and building additional climbing frames and platforms.
Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “The three projects put forward for the vote are part of our long term development plan, which we estimate would cost us £250,000 each.
“We wanted to give those visitors who support us through donations an extra say in the timings of our work as they’re the ones who are helping us contribute more to conservation.
“Visitors have until the end of the year to vote for their favourite plan and we’ll focus on the winning project next year, although if we’ve got enough funds available we’ll move on to the other projects too.”
We’re currently in the midst of a £295,000 redevelopment programme, having already built a new lynx indoor den and an extended capuchin enclosure and we’re working on a new farm barn.
Plus we’re still set to extend the snow leopard enclosure and rebuild the triple parrot aviaries as well as continuing our fundraising for an £800,000 outdoor enclosure for our Bornean orang utans.