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Bristol Airport Supports Local North Somerset Zoo Farm

Created: 17th Aug 2017

What do bears and monkeys have in common? They love a fire hose hammock!

Bristol Airport’s fire department recently worked with Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, to set up a recycling project with a difference by donating old and unwanted lengths of fire hose.

In time, firefighting hose can become damaged and worn and is then 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.

This year, hundreds of metres of soft collapsible fire hose and metres of hard fixed hose have been donated to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm where it will be used to create various toys and hammocks for use in the bear, giraffe, rhino and primate enclosures. 

Matthew Kilyon from Bristol Airport’s Fire Department said: 
“We are delighted to support Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm 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.” 

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is an award-winning animal park and education centre based locally in Wraxall, North Somerset. The zoo is home to a variety of animals including species of international conservation importance and contributes to European breeding and research programmes. 

Committed to sustainable business and using green technology through innovative development, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm holds Gold in the internationally recognised Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm commented: 
“We’re grateful to the Fire Department at Bristol Airport for their generous supply of hose – it is a useful material for our Keepers to make a variety of climbing and swinging arrangements for our more active animals. Our endangered Siamang gibbons and Andean bears in particular get real enrichment from these in their enclosures, and the visitors can enjoy watching them using them.”