ServicesPower CutsHelp
SERVER12

News

Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Powerful preparations for spectacled bear’s picnic

Electricity workers have spent three days at Port Lympne Reserve helping to ready an enclosure for the arrival of spectacled bears later this year.

From Press releases - 2 March 2016 12:00 AM

Powerful preparations for spectacled bears picnic 1 (2).jpg

Electricity workers have spent three days at Port Lympne Reserve helping to ready an enclosure for the arrival of spectacled bears later this year.

Twenty-eight staff from UK Power Networks planted trees in the new bear enclosure and helped to build a climbing frame for the bears from logs and electricity poles they had donated. They also made hammocks for the bears to rest in from old fire hoses.

Port Lympne Reserve is home to over 700 animals, including lions and tigers, but when the spectacled bears arrive later this year they will be the first in Kent. Spectacled bears are native to South America and are thought to be the inspiration behind favourite fictional character Paddington Bear.

Carole Thomas, Communications Manager for the reserve said: “On behalf of everyone here at Port Lympne Reserve I would like to thank all the UK Power Networks staff who attended over the three days to help the large carnivore section. I think the bears will be especially thankful for all the work that has gone into creating their new home. They are going to have a wonderful time exploring.”

Phil Spiby, sustainability advisor at UK Power Networks, said: “Our staff really enjoyed working with Port Lympne and we hope to do more with them in the future. It went extremely well and everybody involved is really looking forward to seeing the bears in action on the equipment they helped build after they arrive.”

UK Power Networks keeps the lights on across London, the South East and the East of England, regardless of who customers pay their electricity bills to. The company gives its workforce two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fundraise in the community. Last year its employees spent nearly 5,000 volunteering hours working with local charities and conservation groups, making 2015 its biggest ever year of volunteering.

Port Lympne Reserve and sister park, Howletts near Canterbury, work with The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity. The parks, in Kent are two of the county’s most popular visitor attractions. Profits from the parks in Kent and accommodation at Port Lympne Reserve go towards helping The Aspinall Foundation’s efforts to save rare and endangered species, both in the UK and overseas.