|Posted by Eccleston George Team on October 20, 2013 at 4:10 AM|
Twenty days in the making, with design and build input from the local primary school's staff and children as well as the zoo's own visitors and the day finally came to let the Meerkats of the Isle of Wight Zoo in to their brand new enclosure.
This astonishing and totally unique zoo development project has proven to be a great success with everyone from the zoo's own staff to the local community and of course the Meerkats themselves. You can find out more details on our blog here .
Our own Nigel George says - " Involving the local school, community and zoo visitors in the design and build of this enclosure means that lots of people have a real stake in the Isle of Wight Zoo, they'll be able to say 'I helped to make that' and that's quite something I think. As a result of working with children through the research and design phase this enclosure has a narrative that is now perceptible from the visitors viewpoint when they look at the enclosure. The whole scene represents a dry riverbed and there are clues and stories to be unravelled when you watch the meerkats using the landscape just as they would in the wild."
Here are some photo's of the Meerkats moving into their new home.
The termite nest complete with destruction caused by an Aardvark or Pangolin.
The Meerkat tryng out one of many hollow riverstone hideaways
The completed enclosure made with the help of the local communtiy and zoo visitors
The Ecclestone George team.