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Out of Africa

Posted: Thursday 17th January 2008

Today the role zoos play is changing and it is becoming increasingly incumbent upon them to act as guardians and conservationists for vulnerable species. This is certainly true of Edinburgh Zoo who have set themselves a tough 20-year Masterplan to upgrade facilities to support a dynamic programme that will both improve our understanding of certain species as well as offer their guests a significantly better quality of life.

Grundfos worked as part of the overall delivery team for this 1st phase that comprises the Budongo Trail alongside RSP Consultants and contractors Sturrock Power. The new area will be home to a 40 strong community of chimps and provides them with three interlinked large enclosures with different temperatures and humidity levels as well as an extensive outdoor area. There will be plenty of opportunity for interaction with these, our nearest cousins, via a viewing atrium, research areas and a lecture theatre as well as a live link to the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda.

The conservation theme around this project follows all the way through to the selection of the pumps all of which are the most energy efficient variable speed options currently available. Selecting the best pump solution for such a demanding and unique project means choosing a partner that you can rely upon to not only deliver, but to deliver sustainably and Grundfos pumps form the total solution via a range of energy efficient pumps, a variable speed booster set, IMpress pressurisation units and 2 submersible pumps that operate the waterfall feature.

This project has carefully looked at every detail to give this primate population a life much closer to the norm, whilst also allowing visitors the chance to glimpse at a more real world and scientists the opportunity to study natural behaviour. This new tropical forest biome will be fully supported by a committed team and Grundfos are proud to be playing their part in bringing a little bit of Uganda to Edinburgh.

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