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Room with a View

So over the past month or so I have been totally spoiled by the very fact that due to removing one rather large enclosure and also relocating some of the guard dogs ‘day quarters’, I was left with a wonderful view out of my study window, all I could see was the activity of the Lemurs and Primates bouncing about and it was a real treat early in the morning and last thing at night to see them enjoying themselves, well that has all changed now… 🙁 yesterday Peter decided to build a whacking big fence all the way across, totally hiding the wonderful view so now all i can see is timber, timber, timber but that again will change soon as the contractors arrive back on site and start building more walls…oh the joy.

Over the past couple of days we have been removing all the builders debris and getting things ready for opening and you cannot believe just how quickly it gets back to normal looking all ship shape on one side but yet to start the other.

The guys have commenced revamping some of the enclosures and they look brilliant and very in-keeping with what we do, I know it makes total sense financially over the long-term to construct the enclosures of steel and concrete due to the very nature of parrots and their needs to destroy everything, but it does look very industrial and we have always attempted to make them look a little more rustic but with no success. So when we created the new Lemur enclosure and again used steel and mesh but this time added a little decorative timber to the outsides, they looked superb. So we then realised we could do something similar to that on the parrot enclosures, as long as they couldn’t reach either the wood or the fixings. So they have had a go on the Blue Fronted Amazon enclosure and it looks amazing, also adds many benefits to the parrots offering more areas out of the sun or wind or just to hide, whatever they want really, the only negative to it was BALDRICK, yes you will have read in the past blogs, Baldrick and I don’t really see eye to eye, in fact he hates me, he did keep his distance for most of the time but got my collar once, which is far better than what he usually gets, hes been with us for many years now but doesn’t seem to lose his speed or agility, hes mastered the art of attacking the Steve’s of this world, never touches anyone else, just me, the little darling!!!

The new designed enclosures at the Parrot Zoo, part finished are looking lovely

The new designed enclosures at the Parrot Zoo, part finished are looking lovely

The new paths is now dry to walk on and looking at the picture you can see how much heat is generated and maybe the clue as to why the blooming peacocks love it so much.

Path at the Parrot Zoo showing the heat created in concrete

Path at the Parrot Zoo showing the heat created in concrete