Squirrels get desirable new residence
Leading London estate agency, Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, has helped to organise a more desirable residence for exotic squirrels at Battersea Park Children?s Zoo.? The agency has donated a whopping ?1000 to help refurbish the enclosure for the Prevost?s squirrels at the zoo, and has even offered to help the squirrels move in.
The Prevost?s squirrel comes to Battersea Zoo from a tropical climate and needs help with extra heating in the winter. The money donated will help to install new heating and insulation in the enclosure and over the course of the renovations some of the estate agents from KFH have offered to volunteer at the zoo and help out with the refurbishment.
Animal Manager Anita Halligan said the donation from KFH is very generous and will make a huge difference.
?We plan to install a new insulated shed with heating that will keep them warm on chilly winter nights and this means they can stay in this enclosure all year round. We will also be able to plant some tropical plants for the summer and some hardier evergreen shrubs to provide extra shelter during the winter. The donation means we will be able to do this to the highest standard and the renovations are likely to last for years to come.?
Jimmy Carr, Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward?s Battersea Park branch, said the agency was pleased to be able to help.
?With homes that are warm and beautiful being a key part of our business, we thought this would be a lovely project to sponsor. Originating from Borneo, the squirrels are much brighter and more colourful than our more commonly seen grey squirrels and they can now be a welcome attraction year round.? As a London specialist, we recognise the importance of local backing, so supporting our community and local venues is important to us.?
Battersea Zoo is a small, family-friendly zoo for young children and has a wide range of animals on show, from the pigs, donkeys, rabbits and chickens in the Barley Mow Farm to capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, ringtailed lemurs, mara, emu, coati, Asian short-clawed otters and numerous bird species such as African grey parrots.
And it?s not just for families; it?s also a great place for an educational school trip too, just see their main entry on our site.
Children can let off steam exploring the real, life-sized fire engine and there?s also a fun packed adventure playground, with a real tractor and giant sand pit with water features.? At weekends and during the school holidays, children can help the keepers to feed some of the farm animals and there are also feed time talks where children can find out the animals? names and some of their curious habits. There are also educational visits and special events all year round, such as Snake Days, Hedgehog Adventures and other animal-themed activity days.