Environmental Site Management
Here at Noah’s Ark we are committed to protecting our local environment and future-proofing the park to reduce our carbon impact.
Gold award holders in the internationally recognised Green Tourism Business Scheme, we operate and develop our site with an environmentally-conscious focus. From the daily running of the zoo, catering and our arable farm, we work to save energy and sustainably manage waste and review our processes regularly to improve them where possible.
We have an informal Green Team who are involved in the development of the park and building projects which are given the go ahead by our management. Several of our team have environmental qualifications and we strive to think outside the box when it comes to improving the facilities we offer visitors, using innovative techniques and recycling waste materials to be 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 and Keeper Talks.
To learn about our green practises and how we’ve built these into the park, click here for more information.
Conservation is really important to us here at Noah's Ark. We have a responsibility to play our part in the preservation of our environment, and to conduct our business in an environmentall and socially responsibile manner. Our efforts have been recognised with the national GTBS Gold Award.
Local conservation at our Zoo Farm
Our commitment to green energy in 2017 has built on the foundations we laid 10 years ago when we began investing in clean energy projects to future-proof our operations. March 2009 saw the installation of our first wind turbine to produce energy for the site. The 'Proven' 12kW, 15m turbine harnesses wind power from open fields behind the farm, converting this to electricity for use around site, including the office and animal housing.
In 2013 and 2015 we installed two large biomass boilers which run on recycled wood chip to heat public areas of the zoo. A significant investment of £500,000 these 199kW units provide cleaner heat for our elephant house and the indoor play barns. We have plans to extend this to include our shop, cafe and offices on site.
Solar PV is another important source of renewable energy for us. Panels on the roof of our elephant barn and lemur house convert energy from the suns rays into electricity we can use at the zoo. We will add further solar panels as development of the park continues.
We are proud to hold the nationally recognised Green Tourism Business Scheme 'Gold Award'.