Tall task of painting Tectons

DZG Keepers across all sections have pulled together to revamp three of our unique Modernist enclosures.


The team of Keepers have added woodchip, weeded, strimmed and painted the Tecton enclosures using 90 litres of specialist masonry paint.

The Sumatran tiger enclosure, for Daseep and Joao, has been painted and grit added on the ground.

Woodchip has been put down in Asiatic black bear Inca’s paddock, which has also been painted and the Sulawesi crested macaques’ home has been painted and the grass strimmed.

Left – Trainee Keeper Cara Sheldon, Senior Keeper Simon Moore and Section Leader Jay Haywood help out with the tall task of painting our Tecton structures.

Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “Our staff carry out these tasks regularly to keep the enclosures in good order.

“We give the buildings a full coat of paint every three years and touch them up every year.

“We’ve just got through 30 tins of Portland Stone-coloured paint during the revamp and are very pleased with the results.”

DZG has 12 reinforced concrete Tectons – the world’s largest single collection of Tectons designed by Russian-born Berthold Lubetkin, widely recognised as one of the most outstanding architects of the 1930s. The collection, built between 1935 and the zoo’s opening in May 1937, was awarded World Monument status in 2009.