Heating is a bear necessity at zoo
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.