It’s third time lucky for the tyres donated to Paignton Zoo Environmental Park – because they have already been recycled once.
The 100 tyres were originally donated to South Devon College by Handle IT of Ipplepen and made unusual table centrepieces at a Formula One sports dinner with Murray Walker.
Now the college has wheeled them over to Paignton Zoo where they make excellent playthings for the animals.
Janice Morris, South Devon College Events & Lettings Coordinator, said: “We used the tyres as unusual table centrepieces at our Formula 1 sports dinner with Murray Walker. After that, we wanted to ensure they could be put to good use elsewhere, and as a frequent visitor to Paignton Zoo I am thrilled that they are using them.”
Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Over the years our keepers have made use of car tyres, tractor tyres and even a track from an armoured vehicle, which became a climbing frame for gorillas. It just shows what you can do if you think outside the box!”
Zoo keepers will give the tyres to small primates such as tamarins and Geoldi’s monkeys to play with. They will be hung up on ropes, bolted together and used as climbing frames or to hide food in.
Denna Bowman, Head Office