Zoo Electric and Sliding Gates – Bristol Zoo
Bristol Zoo houses over 400 different animal species and has recently invested a great deal of money in improving the enclosures for its gorillas and monkeys. One area of expenditure was the Drill Monkey house, their new home, which is immediately inside the zoo, it has a brand new 24V sliding gate system that allows the keepers to segregate animals into different areas of the enclosure when required.
Drill monkeys are one of Africa’s rarest and most threatened primates and this is the first time Bristol Zoo has kept this species. These monkeys are very intelligent and had learnt the keepers’ behaviour. The previous sliding gate had a lever which operated a chain driven roller gate and the monkeys realised whenever a keeper stood near the lever, the gate was about to move; therefore they would run back to the gate and sit in the entranceway making it impossible for keepers to activate the gate and segregate them into the different areas. The Electric Gate Company, based in Cheddar, designed a safe and efficient sliding gate system in the enclosure for the drill monkeys.
Richard Hooper of The Electric Gate Company said “the choice of automation was a simple one as the C720 24V sliding gate operator is not only an extremely reliable choice, it is the only operator available on the market to move at the speed required.”
Ben Allen, Estates manager at the zoo, stated “we’re really happy with the flexibility the new sliding gate gives the keepers and allows easier movement of the animals throughout the enclosure”.