Making Noah’s Ark Sustainable
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm are the proud award holders of the Gold Award in, Green Tourism Business Scheme, the Innovation Award (for innovations in sustainability) from the National Farm Attractions Network and the Sustainable Tourism Gold Award in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017.
Here at Noah’s Ark we are committed to protecting our local environment and future-proofing the park to reduce our carbon impact as well as teaching the next generation how to care for the natural world and become more sustainable. With a popular education programme at the zoo used by over 30,000 school children a year we include a green focus in relevant workshops as well as our Keeper Talks.
Noah’s Ark is dedicated to generating as much of our own energy as possible, almost half of our energy comes from renewable resources, using a wind turbine, biomass boilers and solar panels.
Our keepers are always looking for innovative ways to enrich the lives of all our animals. They often use waste products from local businesses, reducing both our environmental footprint as well as supporting local business in costs of disposing of waste. This includes using Christmas trees from local garden centres, coffee sacks, and empty carpet tubes. If you have any questions about sustainability and want to know what else we do on site or what you can do to help please do get in touch.
Working with our Community
Our local community is extremely important to us at Noah’s Ark. We have built a strong relationship with our local schools and families. Schools visit are encourage to the zoo, with special school rates on offer. There is also a free nature trail around the zoo for school children to take part in.
Noah’s Ark holds regular home school days throughout the year inviting home school families to the zoo for a special rate including animal handling workshops. The zoo also has good relationships with the surrounding community groups, a Portishead Brownie group is kindly performing a Christmas Nativity here at the zoo, using our live farm animals, staging, lights and sound. Visitors to the zoo are encouraged to come and watch the performance during their visit.
Conservation and Fundraising
The animal keepers at Noah’s Ark are hugely passionate about conservation and have built strong relationships with wildlife charities, which we fundraise for throughout the year. For example in 2017 we held a week long African Carnival event for Africa Week encompassing World Elephant Day and World Lion Day. During the week we raised £907 to support the charities.
In addition to our own fundraising events. Noah’s Ark supports large numbers of community led fundraising events. In 2017 alone, the zoo has proudly donated over 500 tickets to local school, community and charity groups.
We are proud to hold the Gold Award in the nationally recognised Green Tourism Business Scheme.
We were recently awarded Gold for our sustainabile efforts around the zoo in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Toursim Awards.
We are so proud to announce that we have been nominated as finalists in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards for Sustainability. Watch this space to see where we place.