PLA's purrfect recycling initiative roars into life at big cat sanctuary
Lions and leopards at a big cat sanctuary are playing with ropes that just weeks before were being used to tie boats up on the Thames, in a new Port of London Authority (PLA) recycling initiative.
The recycling idea was launched as part of the PLA’s drive to make use of materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) collected the first two pallets of rope and lifting strops recently and they are now being used at the sanctuary’s ‘Enrichment’ enclosure as scratch posts, to keep cat claws sharp and their feline minds stimulated.
A 10-metre plastic pipe dumped in the Thames and salvaged by PLA staff will also be fashioned into play tunnels for meerkats at the WHF’s sister site in Hertfordshire.
PLA environment manager Tanya Ferry commented: “It’s really rewarding to know that something we’ve finished with has been given another lease of life. It helps reduce the waste we are producing, and cuts the Foundation’s spending on ropes, which can be expensive.”