21st June 2018
We are delighted to have received a silver award for our stunning Lagoon of Light exhibit at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Gala Event earlier this month. After 6 months working alongside specialist exhibit designers and scenic artists it re-opened in spring 2017. Since its reveal, the new look Lagoon of Light has proven to be a huge hit amongst visitors and staff alike.
The bulk of the construction and theming was carried out in house along with supplementary work from the designers and life support specialists. Very little of the exhibit is ‘off the shelf’. Boasting an abundance of colourful fish, small sharks and stingrays, this once palm-lined, sandy beach has been transformed into a lush, tropical mangrove reef, based upon an island from the Palau archipelago.
Aside from improving the overall ‘look’ of the exhibit, emphasis was also placed on upgrading the life support systems. By installing a hidden wave surge device and new pumps, we have dramatically increased the water flow which allows us to maintain a continued high level of water quality. Removing the ceiling above the exhibit meant we could upgrade the lighting system, letting us include sunrise, dusk and moon phases, enforcing essential behavioural and reproductive cues for a number of species within the habitat.
The immersive display draws you into life on the reef. With touch screen interpretation, visitors are free to explore their favourite creatures within the habitat. Presentations and scatter feeds are carried out at the Lagoon every day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, providing our visitors a fun and informative opportunity to learn more about our animals.