ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium

Another of ATL’s recently completed projects is the exciting ZSL Whipsnade zoo aquarium

As leaders in aquarium technology, ATL were the selected OEM to provide a range of new displays for the new ZSL Whipsnade zoo aquarium. The project saw our team designing, building, delivering and installing a series of stunning new exhibits for the new the ZSL Whipsnade zoo aquarium in Bedfordshire. ATL were able to demonstrate a complete turnkey service in house allowing us to undertake an ambitious delivery programme enabling ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium to open for the all important summer trading period. The Zoological Society London (ZSL) is world renowned for its ambitious conservation programmes. Take a look at the following video:

This is the first aquarium in the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s 90 year history and will be the first in the UK dedicated to highlighting conservation of the most threatened and extinct-in-the-wild freshwater fish. For more details see the BBC

A series of large bespoke aquarium displays were supplied for 10 of the planets most extreme and specific aquatic habitats with exacting species requirements.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
ATL sectional tank technology was used for the flooded forest exhibit

Showcasing a secret world beneath the water, this ZSL Aquarium will be home to fish which have developed astonishing abilities in order to survive in a huge range of strikingly different environments, including the dusky narrow hatchetfish, which jumps out of the water in the flooded forests of Brazil to pluck low-hanging fruit and seeds from trees.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
Nicky and Sarah putting the finishing touches to Lake Tanganika

Caribbean mangrove killifish can survive out of water for as long as 66 days.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
Caribbean Mangrove tank theming in progress at ATL

Omani blind cave fish navigate through pitch black caves without eyes. Not only are some of the fish extinct-in-the-wild, but for some, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is one of the only places in the world where they still exist.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
China sink hole tank theming in progress at our workshop

Fish that can jump out of the water to pluck fruit from trees, have evolved to no longer need eyes, or even live out of water for more than two months, are among the incredible species that will call ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s new Aquarium home.

Taking visitors on a round-the-world journey through ten of the planet’s most extreme and fascinating aquatic habitats, from a vibrant flooded forest in Brazil, to an African puddle, the Aquarium will bring families face-to-face with some of the rarest and most unique fish species in existence.

Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
Flooded forest exhibit awaiting delivery
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
The first of the flooded forest sections moving into position

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Aquarium Team Leader Alex Cliffe said: “It will be the first Aquarium in the Zoo’s almost 90-year history, and it will be an incredibly vibrant, colourful, sensory experience that not only reveals the secret life of fish, but gives an insight into the conservation work underway to rescue some of the world’s most incredible fish from the brink of extinction.”

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium
Another ATL tank installation in progress
ZSL Whipsnade zoo aquarium
Tanks deliveries were phased to suit display area availability
ZSL Whipsnade zoo aquarium
The Madagascan river tank safely in position

“As well as making their way around the world, through Caribbean mangroves, Middle-Eastern caves and Vietnamese streams; visitors will be able to look into the ‘engine room’ of the breeding

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aquarium has been an amazing project for the entire ATL to have worked on. For more details take a look at this ZSL Whipsnade Zoo aqaurium feature

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