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The bear necessities- a hammock made from old fire hose

Bear enjoying new hammock Photo: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Two Andean ‘Spectacled’ bears at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall are enjoying relaxing in new hammocks made for them by keepers from recycled fire hose donated by Avon Fire and Rescue.

The parks playful two year old Spectacled bears Tupa and Sonco, brothers from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany, were immediately inquisitive and seen visibly enjoying the new resting spots.

In a new partnership with Avon Fire, Noah’s Ark took delivery of 40 reels of industrial fire hose no longer suitable for firefighting use and has found creative ways to use them around the zoo.

Tupa and Sonco relaxing on their new hammock Credit: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

The 100 acre animal park, home to elephants, rhino and big cats holds a Gold award in the national Green Tourism Business Scheme for its carbon-reducing activities.

The park also won the national ‘Innovation Award’ from the National Farm Attractions Network earlier this year in recognition of its green efforts and novel energy-saving projects. The new bear habitat, Andean Adventure has been praised for its sustainable design with low energy lighting and heating, with recycled water built into an educational exhibit for visitors.