Anti-Slip Bamboo Decking for Zoo's Sloth Enclosure

Anti-Slip Bamboo Decking for Zoo's Sloth Enclosure


Gripsure donated 60 square metres of sustainable anti-slip bamboo decking to wildlife conservation charity, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The decking has been used to create visitor walkways through the recently refurbished sloth enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.

A Special Partnership

This unique project - the result of a special Corporate Sponsorship Partnership between Gripsure and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland - also features Gripsure Graphics. This innovative new non-slip decking has been used to create fun, educational messaging around the enclosure.

Staff said Gripsure decking had helped to establish the perfect environment for the new arrivals – and their fans.

“The decking featured in the main walkway flows incredibly well with the exhibit, allowing our visitors to walk right through and become immersed in the natural look and feel of the space, which is wonderful,” said Beccy Angus, Head of Discovery and Learning at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

Beccy added: “Being able to add our own artwork was a huge positive for our charity. The ability to personalise the decking meant we could completely tailor it to the enclosure, making it one-of-a-kind and offer more opportunities to engage our visitors with educational interpretation and signage.”

Bamboo: A Sustainable Future

Conservation and sustainability are at the heart of this new area, which made Gripsure a natural partner. Beccy said the team was delighted with the results:
“Gripsure’s generous donation has helped our charity create and deliver a first-class visitor experience within our new sloth building,” she said. “As a wildlife conservation charity, sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Bamboo was selected as a sustainable material both in the immediate production and in the future as it can be recycled.”
The bamboo poles used to manufacture the Bamboo decking are harvested after just five years. This makes them the fastest-growing timber in the world.

Tom Anderson of Gripsure said:
“Edinburgh Zoo were seeking a long-lasting sustainable timber but were keen to avoid using tropical hardwoods as logging is destroying the sloth’s natural environment in South America. We recommended Moso bamboo, the giant grass species which can grow up to 80cm per day in the growing season. This species also stores huge amounts of carbon in its vast root network in the forests.”

Gripsure manufactures the boards using a heat treatment, which protects the timber from decay and insect attack and gives the boards an expected service life of at least 35 years.
Moso bamboo has a class one durability rating, a Euroclass B fire rating, and is extremely stable with virtually no movement. A study from Delft University shows that, even taking into account the transport and manufacturing process, the product is a net carbon sink over its life span.

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