Heating is a bear necessity at zoo

Smith's Environmental Products, space heating, fan convector
Jo-Jo is one of two sun bears at Colchester Zoo housed in a new enclosure heated by Caspian fan convectors from Smith’s Environment Products.

Heating for the ‘residents’ of the new sun bear enclosure, called ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’, at Colchester Zoo and visitors is provided by Caspian high-level fan convectors from Smith’s Environmental Products. There are four units for the bear’s enclosure and three on the public viewing platform. The bears, Jo-Jo and Srey Ya, arrived from Cambodia in 2010, and this new enclosure is designed to meet their physical and behavioural needs.

The fan convectors are served by a biomass boiler, and the project follows previous installations of Smith’s Sterling fan convectors in the snake house and reception area and shop.

Colchester Zoo is celebrating 2014 as a year of the bear, and over 1000 pupils have participated in a special educational programme. The bears were given to the zoo by the Rare Species Conservation Centre in 2010 after being confiscated by government anti-poaching patrols in Cambodia.

The heaters were sourced from the local Plumb Center.

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