Wraxall zoo builds enclosure for South American animals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 July 2018

Jacki Hill Murphy opened the facility. Picture: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Jacki Hill Murphy opened the facility. Picture: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm


A Wraxall zoo has opened an enclosure specifically for South American animals.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, in Clevedon Road, has built a 3000m-sq enclosure complete with indoor and outdoor pools for its two lowland tapirs, five capybaras, two maras and four agouti.

MORE: Zoo wins three BIAZA awards.

The South American animals will live together, with the flushable indoor pools used by the animals as toilets, encouraging their natural behaviour.

The enclosure has a number of cameras installed to allow keepers to monitor the animals without disturbing them.

The zoo is also hoping to add live webcams in the future.

MORE: Noah’s Ark receives animals native to Mexico and America.

It was opened by female explorer Jacki Hill Murphy, who recreates the perilous journeys of female explorers.

The zoo recently won three conservation awards for its giant tortoise terrain build, an enclosure which was specially designed to house seven Aldabra tortoises.

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