Durrell's New State of the Art Van Ready for Action
The Renault Master van was funded by Durrell Gardiens, a group of long-term supporters who pay a yearly subscription and who fundraise on behalf of the Trust. The Gardiens are consulted each year on which project they wish to fund and in 2015 they chose to support the purchase of this much needed 'Animal Transportation Vehicle'.
But purchasing the new vehicle wouldn't have been possible without the support of Falles Motor Group. The company ensured the vehicle was kitted out with all the requisite specifications at a saving of £8,000 off the list price.
Sales Manager Simon Dawson says Falles was happy to help. "Durrell does fantastic conservation work locally and internationally and we are proud to help support this."
Commenting on the new van, Durrell’s Head of Animal Collections Mark Brayshaw said: “We transport around 300 animals per year, both into and out of the collection. Our 'passengers' range from diminutive poison dart frogs to mischievous orangutans, and all have distinct needs. With its specially modified interior with climate control system we can provide the exact requirements for individual species, very important when transferring animals across Europe as we often have to do."
Durrell is also deeply grateful to Holeshot Signs. The local company supplied the van’s eye-catching wrapper. It kindly agreed to drop its initial quote to bring the wrapper within budget.
Durrell also wishes to thank photographer Tim Flach who supplied the striking photos.