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Dec 14, 2007

Rhinos of Nepal

Rhinos of Nepal: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s first renewables project

New facilities were required for our Asian one-horned rhinoceros group to meet the husbandry recommendations of providing heated indoor pools, and to provide additional shelter for the anticipated arrival of two new calves.

With careful design and consultation, in addition to the animal welfare and management aspects of the project, we also achieved an improved visitor experience through unrestricted indoor viewing and interpretation associated with ZSL’s Rhino Conservation Field Project in Nepal. In addition, the facility was designed to be a well-insulated, naturally-lit building, making use of a number of recycled and low-carbon-embedded materials.

The new pools are heated with solar thermal and an air heat exchanger, using around 75% less fossil-fuel energy than a conventional gas boiler. Emptying of heated pool water has been minimized with the installation of a hi-tech biological filter which uses ‘friendly’ bacteria to filter and then re-circulate the water. This allows for infrequent water changes equating to a saving of over 20,000m3 of water per year.

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COMMENDATION received in BIAZA Awards 2007 for Best sustainable zoo & aquarium

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