Centrica donates old hoses to wildlife parks and zoos

Centrica power stations and gas terminals find plenty of hoses 'lion' around: donation helps animal welfare  charity.

Centrica’s power stations and gas processing facilities have found a novel way of helping to keep wild animals at some of the country’s wildlife parks and zoos entertained, with the donation of 100 old fire hoses.

The energy company is working with ‘The Shape of Enrichment’, an international NGO, which improves the environmental welfare for animals living in captivity. The company uses donations of fire hoses to make feeders and more stimulating environments for animals in captivity, in particular big cats, monkeys and giraffes.

Jim Rushen, Centrica’s Head of Environment, said: “It’s not every day we get asked to help make a hammock for a lion, but it is a fantastic idea which we were keen to help with.

“It’s great to know that our old fire hoses, which would usually go to landfill, can be recycled and have a second life improving the welfare of animals in zoos and wildlife parks across the country.”

Mark Kingston Jones from The Shape of Enrichment, said: “When we got in touch with Centrica we hoped we’d get a handful of hoses to keep our stock up over the summer. We’re over the moon with what they’ve been able to donate which will help enhance the environments of the animals we work with for a long time.

“Fire hoses are particularly useful for making feeder-cubes and hammocks which the animals really enjoy; particularly the primates and big cats, as they last so much longer than many other materials which they find easier to destroy.”

The Shape of Enrichment runs workshops and courses for students, zookeepers and companies to get involved and help make enrichment tools for wild animals at zoos and wildlife parks which they partner with.