Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has praised Marwell Zoo’s drive to help the environment after he visited a boiler at the attraction that is powered by animal manure.
The wildlife park generates 700 tonnes of animal waste including dung, soiled bedding and leftover hay and in a ground-breaking project it now has a specialist boiler capable of burning it.
The energy provides heating for buildings across the zoo and enables Marwell to reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.
“This is a great way to deal with a substantial amount of waste and I commend Marwell for turning it into energy that helps to cut its costs and cut its carbon footprint,” said George.
“The zoo continues to be at the forefront of innovation and investment, not just in becoming greener, but also in its new Tropical House that I also had the pleasure to visit.
“I am proud to have such a superb world-class zoo in my constituency that gives so much pleasure to its many visitors.
“But on top of that, it contributes to the local economy as an employer and buyer of goods and services while saving plants and animals from across the globe through its world-renowned conservation projects.”
The £7.8 million Tropical House is part of a 10-year, £17 million investment strategy by Marwell to offer improved habitats for animals and a better experience for guests.
It was supported by a £1.5 million Local Growth Fund (LGF) investment by Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and designed to bring low carbon, rural and tourism economy benefits.