Hot on the heels of Wild Explorers, work has now started on our new Tropical House. This marks the second phase of a £17m investment programme for the zoo over the next 8-10 years, creating improved habitats for animals and more immersive experiences for our guests.
At a cost of £7.8M, this exciting exhibit will be the largest ever built at Marwell. It will span two levels offering fantastic vantage points across a lush, tropical canopy and the opportunity to experience the captivating life of the forest floor.
Guests will be free to share the habitat and enjoy uninterrupted, close-up views of new, colourful and charismatic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects whilst learning about the flow of energy through life.
The interactive Discovery Zone will reveal how the energy we need to power our modern lifestyles is generated and how alternative renewable forms of energy can help animals and humans alike.
The exhibit will be constructed using the latest technology of ETFE (Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene) which allows natural daylight to shine through. EFTE is 100% recyclable and is a popular product for green, sustainable construction having previously been used in the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Biota Aquarium in London.
As well as being a spacious, indoor, contemporary exhibit, the new Tropical House heating system with be powered by Marwell’s animal waste (dung, soiled bedding and leftover hay), and wood chip from our woodland management operations. This will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and take us a big step closer to our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.
This new exhibit is planned to open for Easter 2018.