Look who’s monkeying around with our hoses! Thanks to kind donations of unwanted project strip-outs from Heathrow’s Fire Service and Baggage teams, animal enclosures across the country have been transformed.
Earlier this year, two of our fire station colleagues took a road trip all the way to Dorset to donate their old fire hoses to the primates at Monkey World- Ape Rescue Centre.
The hoses would have typically been thrown away, but our quick-thinking Fire Service colleagues spotted an opportunity to donate their old property to someone, or some monkeys, who could use it. The centre has recycled fire hoses for many years, using them to replicate the natural environments of treetops in their vast outside enclosures.
Monkey World- Ape Rescue Centre works with governments worldwide to rescue and rehabilitate primates who have been used and abused in the illegal black market trade. By providing an enjoyable enclosure for these animals, Heathrow is assisting Monkey World to improve their quality of life, free from their less than idyllic past.
The hoses will be used to renovate the great ape enclosures, as the primate care team refresh the enclosures every year to keep the environment stimulating and enriching. With three groups of orangutans, and four communities of chimpanzees, numbering over 60 individuals, the hoses certainly get put through their paces!
Thanks to the hard work of Our baggage team who operate alongside our airport partners, Vanderlande and Babcock, they have been able to deliver unwanted project strip outs to the parks. This includes:
- 100 electric strip lights
- 500m baggage conveyor belt
- A play area
- 8 sweeper brushes
Howlett’s Wild Animal park is home to the largest breeding herd of African elephants. After receiving the unwanted parts from our baggage team, the park has made plans to put a winter shelter in the elephant enclosure and expand their playground. The zoo is looking for various bits such as aircraft tyres for swings, winches to haul up barrels of hay and brushes for scratching posts.
The Baggage Team will shortly be delivering a trunk load of old belting to Howlett’s so we will soon see the playground for the elephants enhanced by our very own airport.
Through donating our old project strip outs, we are keeping within our sustainability goals by recycling and reusing old materials. This also shines a light on the initiative and generosity that our Airport fire and rescue service and Baggage teams have taken to save the planet and supports animal welfare across the country.