Meerkats move in to new home


MURDOCH MACKENZIE CONSTRUCTION LTD has recently completed construction work on the new meerkat enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.

The dynamic new enclosure is located at the entrance to the zoo and replaces the old sea lion enclosure.
The zoo’s group of meerkats have moved into their new digs, which features sanded areas for digging, large rock features, caves, heat pads and a meerkat house. Visitors can come face to face with the charismatic creatures with 20 metres of glass panelling running along the front.

As part of the developments the front entrance now includes a large welcome plaza, with ‘where to go’ signage to allow visitors to orientate themselves before starting their day at the Zoo. 

Chris West, Chief Executive Officer for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which owns and operates Edinburgh Zoo, said:
“The new enclosure gives visitors an opportunity to see more of our family group as well as provide the meerkats themselves with a large natural enclosure to explore, while the welcome plaza offers visitors improved orientation signage as well as space for keeper talks and animal handling sessions.”
MURDOCH MACKENZIE CONSTRUCTION LTD’s other current contracts include the construction of a new footbridge at Castle Lachlan, Loch Fyne and Flood Alleviation Works, Chapelburn near Falkirk.
The 112 year old Scottish contractor (amongst the oldest surviving construction companies in the UK) remains a family run organisation and continues its heritage as a respected contractor to many local authorities, government agencies and industry across the Northern United Kingdom.