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Monkey business: Conserving energy to conserve wildlife

October 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

So it's been an eventful week, but the highlight had to be my trip to ZSL London Zoo, as anyone who's a fan of my facebook page knows.

Emperor tamarin at Rainforest Life, ZSL London ZooEmperor tamarin at Rainforest Life, ZSL London Zoo"Training all ZSL's London Zoo staff to save energy and cut its energy bill means more resources to help save more wildlife? Now that's an idea that needs to catch on!"

I was there (in my role as editor of Energy Demand) to see the zoo publicly confirmed as the world's first officially-accredited Low Energy Company.

Almost all of the zoo's staff have been through the necessary training courses to gain such status under this flagship programme driven by Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO of  the Energy Managers Association. And the zoo has also pledged to help its own business customers and suppliers do the same.

 

White-naped MangabeyWhite-naped MangabeyA White-naped Mangabey at ZSL London Zoo: hailing from sub-saharan western Africa their numbers are now at critically low levels due to deforestation and hunting by man. Emperor tamarin at Rainforest Life, ZSL London ZooEmperor tamarin at Rainforest Life, ZSL London ZooEmperor tamarins: Beneficiaries of ZSL London Zoo training its staff to save energy and cut their energy bills GorillaGorillaOne of ZSL London Zoo's gorillas ... very cute, but with such a look of sadness about him. Proud Father: Jae Jae, the Sumatran TigerProud Father: Jae Jae, the Sumatran TigerTaken the day after the world heard Jae Jae, a Sumatran Tiger, had become a dad! As mother Melati was still behind closed doors nursing their newborn cub, Jae Jae was strutting his stuff at the new Tiger Territory exhibit for the visitors to ZSL London Zoo earlier this week. The birth of the tiger cub is the first in 17 years for London Zoo and great news for the global breeding programme for this critically endangered species.

David Field, zoological director at ZSL London Zoo, explained that as a charity the zoo doesn't have the big budgets to invest in the latest gizmos and gadgets to save energy. Training its staff to switch off lights, unplug equipment when not in use, and so on will make "a massive difference to our energy bill" instead. Last year that bill totalled £850,000, but energy is of course vital to ensure the animals in its care have the right climatic conditions and habitats in which they can thrive. Importantly, the money saved by embarking on the LEC route will hopefully mean more resources to help the ZSL in its work to conserve wildlife.

Now that's a win-win scenario if ever there was, with these guys pictured here the main beneficiaries...

See more photos of the inhabitants of ZSL London Zoo at http://www.ragewithasmilephotography.com/p521601474#h7a39f868

Golden-headed lion tamarinGolden-headed lion tamarinThe Golden-headed Lion Tamarin is another resident of the Rainforest Life exhibit at ZSL London Zoo, London's only living rainforest. The Zoo points out that with only 2% of their native Brazilian forests remaining, the golden-headed lion tamarin is classified as endangered. "Conservation programmes are in place to try to stop the wild population’s decline, which is mainly being caused by deforestation for logging and farming. Zoos worldwide are helping by maintaining a strong population and zoo-born tamarins have been successfully reintroduced into the wild," it says.


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