The Bristol Zoological Society has been working to create a new Bristol Zoo at its 136-acre Wild Place Project site. This follows the closure of the Society’s 186-year-old Bristol Zoo Gardens, as the charity pushes forward with a wildlife conservation agenda.

Upgraded CCTV visibility over the site is a crucial part of the zoo’s security and operational strategy. The installation of IDIS video surveillance, carried out by KIS Fire and Security, has helped the birth of a wolverine cub at the facility, with vets using remote video to avoid disturbing the notoriously skittish animals during the high-risk birth period.

The surveillance technology allows staff 24/7 visibility over enclosures, perimeters and public areas, including raised tree-top walkways.

IDIS’s 2MP 36x Lightmaster PTZs, which can capture footage at distances of up to 350m in full darkness, are helping the maintenance team verify that fences are not compromised by storm damage and falling branches.

The cameras feature 120dB true WDR dynamic range, backlight compensation, plus advanced image control settings, which means they cope perfectly with the continuous fluctuations in light and allow the well-camouflaged animals — including bears, wolves and lynxes — to be seen clearly.

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