Birthday boy, Margaash, is looking forward to a new scratching post after keepers recycled the old chairlift rope to raise funds!
The snow leopard, who is seven today, loves playing with the heavy duty rope, as do our Sumatran tigers and Carpathian lynx, which keepers wrap around wooden posts in their enclosures.
Following the recent replacement of the engineered steel rope from the country’s only aerial chairlift, keepers recycled more than 180 metres plus old metal fencing from the anteater enclosure redevelopment at Mason Metals in Brierley Hill.
Assistant Curator Jay Haywood, said: “We’ve been able to put the Mason Metals donation raised from recycling the scrap towards purchasing new rope for our big cats at the zoo.
“We have to purchase a large reel of the industrial strength rope, which is quite expensive, so the money we’ve raised from our unwanted metal makes a significant contribution.
“Our cats, and particularly Margaash, love playing with the rope, but it’s great exercise for them too. We can also spray the rope with different scents and they use it to keep their claws sharp at the same time.”