Belfast Zoological Gardens recently underwent an audio refit courtesy of POLARaudio and Saville Audio Visual, with the zoo’s giraffe enclosure receiving an In/Out Dinplayer and Australian Monitor Colum Speaker.
Zoo keepers engaged Saville Audio Visual’s Belfast office to provide them with a weatherproof audio system. The system was to be utilised to play bird song and encourage the visiting Swifts to nest in the nest boxes fitted to the walls of the Giraffe enclosure.
Saville’s team subsequently came up with the solution of fitting an Australian Monitor CS420 IP66 rated, weatherproof column speaker and an In/Out D-01 Dinplayer. Offering solid state memory, the Dinplayer has been designed to automatically play warning messages, voice alerts and all manner of audio files, allowing the zoo to create musical scenery to encourage the birds to nest.
The Dinplayer incorporates a 20W mono power amplifier, stereo MP3 player and standard DIN clamp housing, enabling it to be used with different automation systems, including touch screens and industrial computers.
It seems that the Giraffes are currently enjoying the music, with two baby giraffes having been born in the enclosure since the installation, and the zoo is hoping for a successful outcome with its Swift breeding programme.
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