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In Pictures: Zoo poo fuels new tropical house

Marwell Zoo said the new attraction is the first of its kind in the UK to generate energy using animal waste.

Rica the two-toed sloth at Marwell Zoo's new tropical house (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Rica the two-toed sloth at Marwell Zoo's new tropical house (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Visitors to Marwell Zoo’s new Tropical House can expect to see a sloth, pygmy marmosets, tortoises, and a giant aquarium with 2,500 fish.

Operators of the Hampshire attraction said 700 tonnes of animal waste – dung, soiled bedding and leftover hay – will help power the exhibit.

A wood chip boiler will be supplemented by one capable of burning straw-based animal manure later this year, helping the zoo achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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Tiger barb fish swim in the 70,000 litre aquarium in the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A Marwell Zoo employee makes their way around the new Tropical House (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Rica the two-toed Sloth in the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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A Pygmy Marmoset in the Tropical House at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Ross Brown cleans the 70,000 litre aquarium in the Tropical House at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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