Zoo plea for old rope
Animal keepers at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park are after good quality old rope.
The conservation charity uses rope in animal dens and outdoor enclosures.
Senior head mammal keeper Julian Chapman told the Devon Week: “We use rope to create environmental enrichment for the animals – things to play with, basically. We hang it up for primates to climb, but we also make it into balls, big knots called monkey fists, perches, ladders and use it to hang up other enrichment items.
“There might be individuals or businesses with old rope lying around – yacht clubs, sailing schools, fishermen, harbours, haulage firms, tree surgeons, theatres and engineers, for example. This is a great way to get rid of it and make a donation to a good cause.”
Zoo keepers are looking for pieces of rope of 10 metres or more in length and of a diameter of around 1 to 2.5 centimetres – that’s a half to one inch.
Julian said: “We are on the lookout for rope that is in fairly good condition. We can’t use oily or rotten rope, though we can disinfect mouldy rope. It is best for people to ring and talk to someone before dropping off unsuitable rope at the soo.”
To find out whether your old rope is suitable, telephone 01803 697500. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For more information go to www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
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