8. As we’ve learnt, sustainability is key… even when it comes to bug supply – a feast many of our ectotherms rely on! In another zoo collab between the ectotherms team and our talented Project Manager Roger, we’ve been buzzing behind closed doors to produce a world-class insect breeding facility, and this is certainly one for the books! So much had to be taken into consideration, every insect has different requirements and breeding processes – some need more warmth, some need more light, and some need more involved husbandry.
So how in one room can we provide all of those things? And that was just the first predicament. Roger had to find a suitable location; decide on temporary versus fixed buildings; design a building that could maintain 30 degrees of heat 24/7; design with the ability to have interchangeable air in the building to stop viruses, but simultaneously not lose heat; plan how to service these buildings; uncover how much electricity the building would draw and confirm it’s within allowable limits – and of course, each big decision brought about a hundred and one other smaller dilemmas. If you love a challenge and innovative solutions, you should definitely read more here.