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    Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset, UK

    GRP Walkways & Stair Treads

    Project Overview

    Monkey World is boosting safety for its staff and volunteers through the use of GRP Dura Grating gantries, raised walkways and stair treads which provide safe passage for staff and keepers as they care for the animals.

    Safe and hygienic support structures for wildlife care.

    Set amongst the woodland of Dorset, Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a primate rescue centre in Dorset, established in 1987 to provide a home for confiscated, abused or neglected monkeys and apes. Monkey World is home to over 260 monkeys, apes and prosimians from over 20 different species and has assisted 28 governments around the world to provide refuge for victims of the illegal wildlife trade, entertainment industry, laboratories, circuses and pet trade.

    Replacing rotting timber with durable GRP.

    Whilst Monkey World had previously used timber decking and plastic sheeting for their walkways, they were unhappy with the slipperiness underfoot, the constant rotting of the timber, and the expense of the required framework supports. By contrast, the GRP Standard Mesh grating from Dura Composites provides a durable alternative, with proven anti-slip properties.

    Low maintenance and easy to clean.

    Hygiene is of paramount importance for the primates, and the Dura Grating is free draining and able to withstand the effects of continual cleaning and hosing. Dura Grating’s immense versatility has meant that it is now in use all over the park – including above enclosures, on feeding towers, in primate houses, corridors and on steps. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, it can be installed more quickly and cost-effectively than other materials, thereby reducing disruption to both the primates and visitors.


    Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre

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    Standard Mesh 50mm
    Access Structures


    Specialist Cutting

    As the keepers are working around strong dangerous animals, it is vital the footing is non slip to prevent accidents next to primate mesh. The fact that the Dura Grating is lightweight and relatively easy to manoeuvre was an added bonus, whilst still being strong enough to withstand heavy loads and constant use. It has ensured that the park not only looks smart but is safe and hygienic for both our staff, and importantly, our rescued primates.

    George Henderson

    Estates Manager, Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

    BH20 6HH

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