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Bristol Airport supports local ape rescue centre

Created: 6th Oct 2016

It’s monkey business for unwanted fire hose donated by the Airport.

It’s monkey business for unwanted fire hose donated by the Airport
Bristol Airport’s fire department recently worked with Monkey World in Dorset to set up a recycling project with a difference by donating old and unwanted lengths of fire hose. 

Over time, firefighting hoses become damaged and worn and are no longer suitable for its intended use. Rather than destroying old hoses, the fire department donate them to good causes where alternative uses can be found. For example, local zoos and animal sanctuaries can use the redundant kit to create interesting surroundings for animals.

It’s monkey business for unwanted fire hose donated by the Airport

This year, more than 175 metres of soft collapsible fire hose and 15 metres of hard fixed hose have been donated to Monkey World in Dorset where it will be used to mimic branches, trees and foliage for the residents to swing and play on.

Matthew Kilyon from Bristol Airport’s Fire Department said: 

“We are delighted to support Monkey World by contributing the old, unwanted and damaged lengths of fire hose. It is great to see kit that has served us well continue to be put to such good use.” 

Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today it is home to over 250 primates of more than 20 different species, most of whom have been rescued from neglect, abuse, or inappropriate living conditions. The sanctuary allows the monkeys and apes in its care to live as naturally as possible, with others of their own kind.

Monkey World commented: 

“We are grateful for the support of Bristol Airport in donating their old fire hose. The fire hose serves as a great enrichment for the orang-utan and chimpanzee enclosures in particular, creating a stimulating environment and enabling them to climb and move around their homes in a more natural manner.”

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