|Posted by Eccleston George Team on September 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM|
The nearly finished Meerkat display.
Our latest task has been to design and build a first class Meerkat exhibit for the Isle of Wight Zoo. Our journey with this particular project began some months ago in a classroom of a local Primary School with sixty 6 and 7 year old children, school staff members and a Head Keeper from the Isle of Wight Zoo. Anyone that knows us will tell you that this is how we like to work these days, community involvement in our varying strands of work is important to us and it's rapidly becoming important to our clients too.
Eccleston George Meerkat team!
After the success of last years project at the Isle of Wight Zoo which saw us build their 'New for 2012' exhibit with the help of students from schools across the Island, the zoo suggested to us that we do the same thing again this year. The brief this time was to build a large and impressive Meerkat habitat for the zoo's Meerkat population. When we introduced the idea to the sixty year 2 students from The Bay Primary School they absolutely relished the opportunity to research and and plan the enclosure. Then just before the children broke up for their summer holiday all sixty joined at the site of the new enclosure in the zoo to help actually make some of the parts that would become habitat for the Meerkats.
During the summer holiday our Eccleston George team has worked hard to create the new display inspired by both the children's ideas and their researched knowledge of the the place where Meerkats live in the wild, the Kalahari desert in Africa. We even managed to find ways to involve the zoo's own visitors so that they too could have a hand in the making of the new exhibit.....that's something that must surely be a first. So now that the enclosure is almost complete we feel a real sense of connectedness to our local zoo and it's staff & visitors, to our local primary school, to the Meerkats and of course to our local community because between us all we've managed to do something very impressive indeed.
The BBC and zoo owner Charlotte Corney joining in with an important task.
In a few days time the Meerkats will be released into their new home, for everyone that has been involved in the research, design and building of the enclosure this is going to be very exciting indeed!
An Isle of Wight Zoo Meerkat trying to sneek a peek at her ner home being built.