Portcullis Gate Automation provide pre-planned preventive gate maintenance together with reactive gate breakdown service for the elephant enclosures at both the Howletts Wild Animal Park in Canterbury and the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Hythe.
Gate Automation with Remote Access Control
All of the elephant enclosures use the same custom designed electric sliding gate automation systems protected by metal enclosures and controlled by customised remote access control boxes.
The access control boxes are wireless and based on standard 868 radio control units. They enable the elephant keepers to open and close the gates wirelessly and remotely, safely controlling the movement of the elephants within the enclosures. The access control boxes contain rechargeable battery packs enabling the elephant keepers to carry them around as they move about their work.
Animal Park Site Layouts
Due to the potential health, safety and welfare risks involved for both the elephants and their animal keepers this gate maintenance service is carried out quarterly.
The layouts of the Port Lympne and the Howletts elephant enclosures, or elephant bedrooms as we call them at Portcullis Gate Automation, differ considerably.
The Port Lympne gate maintenance consists of ten electric sliding gates inside one large enclosure, whereas the Howletts gate maintenance is carried out in several buildings around a courtyard area.
As well as the obvious external electric gates which act as the elephant enclosure doors, both sites also contain electric sliding gates inside the enclosures to allow the elephants to move between their bedrooms, if permitted by the keepers via the remote control boxes.
About the Wild Animal Parks ↓ show more detail ↓
Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks were set up by the late John Aspinall with the aim of protecting and breeding rare and endangered species and returning them to safe areas in their native homeland.
World leaders in conservation, the parks have so far returned to the wild Przewalski’s horses, Black rhino, Sumatran rhino, Cape buffalo, ocelots, pythons and gorillas.
Howletts is the Wild Animal Park with surprises around all corners. From glass fronted tiger enclosures offering a close encounter with the biggest of cats to gorillas, clouded leopards, monkeys, and hundreds of rare and endangered species from around the world. Howletts is also home to the UK’s largest herd of African elephants and the Black Rhino breeding sanctuary.
The charity that works in conjunction with Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks – the Aspinall Foundation – also manages two gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in the central African countries of Gabon and Congo. These ground-breaking projects have enabled the successful reintroduction of over 50 gorillas. By visiting Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks and in the adoption of the animals, you are helping protect these animals for the future.