Discovery Desert officially opened
One of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s most popular species has got a brand new home, which was officially opened by Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur today.
The new meerkat enclosure, called Discovery Desert, is soon to become a mixed exhibit with the arrival of a pair of African porcupines, which will greatly enhance visitor enjoyment.
The opening of the new exhibit at the Jersey headquarters is the first of three exciting new developments in 2009 to mark Durrell’s 50th anniversary. These plans make up part of the It’s Time! 50th celebrations, during which it is hoped the Trust can encourage increased support and participation from residents and visitors alike.
The meerkat relocation will mean this lively species can be seen from the terrace of the café, and will include a ‘bubble’ for children and the young at heart to get an up-close view of the troupe in action.
Later this year the new enclosure will also house yellow mongooses, native to mainland Africa and a close cousin of the meerkat. Mixed animal enclosures are extremely popular at Durrell and allow for the display of species in their natural settings.
The design for the meerkat exhibit has been produced in-house, with work on the indoor accommodation and outdoor areas being done by Durrell’s Maintenance and Landscape Departments.
The engineering work has been expertly led by Geomarine, with materials and labour also donated by the JEC, Jersey Telecom, Granite Products, Barrette Plant Hire, Creative Stone Castings, Normans and Hewdens. Many other local companies have kindly discounted the cost of materials for Durrell.
Funding for the majority of this work has been secured through sponsorship from the Association of Jersey Charities and the Trust’s L’Assemblée des Gardiens. The team at Durrell continue to work on the capital campaign for the Trust’s long term development.
Posted 8 April 2009