Working for the future

We’re committed to conservation. And that means more than just looking after the animals on our zoo and in the wild.

It means caring about where we live too.

Our ‘Working for the Future’ team meets regularly to talk about ways we can make a difference.

This is sometimes about saving energy, sometimes about recycling, and sometimes about how we can help our community.

In 2016 we were delighted to be awarded the "Green Key" accreditation which recognises our commitment to being environmentally responsible and provides our visitors with the confidence they are visiting a sustainable tourist attraction. Here's a few examples of the things we're doing to try and change our small part of the world.

Solar panels

We've invested £250,000 in solar panels on our funfair roof to make our own electricity using the power of the sun. This means we will very soon be making all the electricity needed to run Folly Farm without having to use the power supply for our local area.

Hand driers

We've also invested in "eco" hand dryers for the toilets and hand washing areas across the park. These environmentally friendly dryers not only use less electricity but they reduce waste from the use of paper towels. We also went one step further and fitted auto-sensors on all the lights in our toilet blocks so they turn off when they're not in use.

Light bulbs

We use a lot of light bulbs in our vintage fairground - a whopping 10,000. So it seemed obvious to replace them all with low energy versions - saving 70% of the energy needed.

Willow

We've planted five acres of willow because this is what our giraffes like to munch on. Now we don't have to have to have it delivered which means fewer vehicles on the road and we're making good use of our land. Best of all when the giraffes have finished eating al the leaves and bark from the willow, we chip it and re-use it for bedding for our animals.

Poo

Yes that's right, poo! We've got a lot of it so when we clean out our animals, we collect it and spread it on our land to grow the willow and other vegetation for our animals. It goes full-circle.

Zoo Membership

We're proud to be members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Our membership means we share knowledge with leading zoos across the UK and Europe, and we learn from them too.