New Tropical House now open at Marwell Zoo
Marwell Zoo’s new immersive and sustainable ‘Energy for Life’ Tropical House is now open, and will become the first in the UK to generate energy using waste ‘zoo poo’!
Spanning two levels with fantastic vantage points, guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate, while learning about the flow of energy through life.
Its lush canopy, cascading waterfall and bustling forest floor are home to a charismatic sloth, tortoises, free-flying birds and more. There is also a 70,000-litre aquarium with 2,500 fish, a crocodile monitor lizard and examples of nature’s environmental managers; a colony of leaf-cutter ants.
The exhibit is part of a 10 year £17 million investment plan to create improved habitats for animals, more immersive experiences for guests and to help the zoo achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
James Cretney, Marwell Zoo’s Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to open this groundbreaking new exhibit which marks a very proud and important moment in our history.
The unique combination of visitor experience and innovative green-technology creates a compelling story, throwing a spotlight on promoting alternative, renewable forms of energy. We hope guests, both young and old, can learn more, and feel inspired to join us in doing their bit to make a difference too.”
Leading the way in sustainability, the zoo realised a significant untapped energy resource in some of its 700 tonnes of animal waste (dung, soiled bedding and leftover hay) that could be used for renewable energy within the zoo.
Rainwater from the roof will also be harvested in two 50,000 litre tanks to provide water inside for the aquaria and plant watering, making the building self-sufficient.
The Tropical House is now open to visitors at Marwell Zoo, and is just on exhibit for visitors to enjoy.
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