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BRITAIN’s most-visited zoo has teamed up with a warmth pump producer to avoid wasting the atmosphere – and maintain unique animals just like the critically endangered black rhinos good and heat.

The zoo has teamed up with warmth pump producer, Mitsubishi Electric, to decarbonise heating throughout its not-for-profit conservation zoo in Cheshire as a part of its drive to achieve internet zero.

The partnership can even present heating, cooling and air flow in different buildings throughout 128-acre Chester Zoo, whereas lowering the not-for-profit conservation charity’s carbon emissions.

And yesterday(Tues) ‘Amazing Spaces’ TV star and architect George Clarke visited Chester Zoo with the Daily Express to see the warmth pumps in motion as they stored the uncommon rhinos and butterflies toasty.

Black rhino at Chester Zoo

Black rhino at Chester Zoo (Image: Chester Zoo)

George, 49, instructed us how he has been obsessive about the atmosphere since he was a boy and was even left tongue-tied just a few years in the past when he noticed Sir David Attenborough and went as much as ask for his autograph.

Speaking from beside Chester Zoo’s black rhino enclosure he instructed us: “I was a member of the WWF as a young age and one of my biggest heroes in the world is Sir David.

“A couple of years in the past I acquired to satisfy him earlier than lockdown at Kew Gardens, on the opening of one of many Victorian enormous conservatories.

“Sir David turned up to make a speech and open this restored conservatory and I was invited to go along and I have to say I have never been so starstruck in my life!

“I bear in mind all of the individuals who had been invited acquired this metallic plate with an engraving of the plan of the conservatory with Sir David’s identify on and the date.

“Anyway I grabbed him – thinking ‘now’s my moment’ – and I was a proper fan storming in saying ‘David I love all your shows’.

“He was a beautiful man and he signed my engraved plate and it is in my studio, on my shelf now.”

George Clarke and Daily Express's Chris Riches

George Clarke chats to Daily Express’s Chris Riches (Image: Chester Zoo)

Father-of-three George – star of Channel 4 TV shows such as ‘The Restoration Man’, ‘The Home Show’ and ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ – said he was fascinated with animals as a child.

He added: “We had zoo close to me rising up referred to as Lambton’s Lion Park by Chester-le-Street in County Durham, usually a zoo not simply lions, however I used to go there as a child and it was sensible.

“It was like being in another world really. Without it being a sob story but you think you’re a kid on a 1960s council estate in the north-east then all of a sudden down the road you were surrounded by exotic, beautiful animals – you felt like you were abroad.

“These rhinos are phenomenal actually  – they really feel like dinosaurs, like one thing from the traditional previous! But everybody likes lions don’t they?

“But on a simple level I used to like going into the butterfly house. In fact I used to have a butterfly house at my home when the kids were young. It was about three metres long and couple of metres wide in my garden.

“I used to naturally get drawn to sketching and drawing butterflies once I was a lad. It was their shapes, colors and

patterns. They are such lovely issues.

“We filmed my butterfly house ‘reveal’ for my kids on Amazing Spaces and I remember the kids went to bed that night buzzing about it all – and the next morning I got up, went in the kids bedrooms and they were gone!

“I had an enormous panic and ran downstairs, into the backyard they usually had been stood there of their pyjamas – coated in butterflies!”

Chester Zoo's black rhinos

Chester Zoo’s black rhinos (Image: Chester Zoo)

Praising the zoo’s switch to heat pumps the Mitsubishi Electric brand ambassador explained: “Mother nature for me is the most effective architect on the earth. She has designed, balanced ecosystems the place all the pieces works in concord with one another.

“Unfortunately we’ve come along and knocked things out of balance. The best architecture works with nature – not against it.

“I’ve been speaking for years in regards to the energy and flexibility of warmth pumps for various residing environments.

“The air source heat pumps deployed at Chester Zoo demonstrate what’s possible and show that if heat pumps can work in our rhino habitats, they can work in residential and wider settings too!

“Also its great as a result of the zoo is a spot of schooling and after they see warmth pumps used for animals in addition to people they will get actually enthusiastic about that.”

Heat pumps at Chester Zoo

Mitsubishi Electric equipment being installed at Chester Zoo (Image: Chester Zoo)

Since it opened in 1931, Chester Zoo has grown to become one of the biggest zoos in the UK, boasting over two million visitors and year and well over 500 different species including black rhinos, elephants, lions and tigers.

It’s the most visited zoo in the UK, attracting around two million visitors each year, and has previously been named as the best zoo in the UK and third in the world by TripAdvisor.

Now it is aiming to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and be net zero in its many of its emissions by 2030.

This new partnership was developed after two successful projects using Mitsubishi Electric air source heat pumps – the first being the zoo’s new conference and events venue, The Square, and the second saw one of its black rhino indoor habitats warmed by six Ecodan heat pumps, made by Mitsubishi in Scotland.

Heat pumps outside the rhino house

Heat pumps outside Chester Zoo’s black rhino house (Image: Chester Zoo)

Jennifer Kelly, Head of Sustainability at Chester Zoo, said: “We are a world conservation and schooling charity with a mission to stop extinction, so we all know that we are able to’t be a part of the issue.

“Mitsubishi Electric is not only helping us understand the carbon reduction that we need to achieve, but also working with our teams to deliver the most suitable solution for the animals – providing them with the temperatures they need to thrive.”

As a not-for-profit organisation, the zoo ploughs all the pieces into its conservation mission and globally works with greater than 3,000 species, together with lots of of worldwide animal conservation breeding and habitat programmes.

Chris Newman, Net Zero Design Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, mentioned: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Chester Zoo to reduce carbon emissions and deliver energy efficient comfort across a diverse range of buildings with internal climates from African savannahs to South American rainforests, which shows beyond doubt that there is a renewable solution that can help all of us get to net zero.”

You can discover out extra in regards to the essential conservation work undertaken on the Zoo by visiting their web site: