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A9 Dualling – Kincraig to Dalraddy, 2017


Kieran Doona

Wills Bros John Paul Joint Venture are working with the RZSS Highland Wildlife Park to find a more environmentally friendly means of disposing of damaged and unwanted materials from the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy Road construction project near Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands. As part of this Initiative the project has donated more than fifty traffic cones, and unwanted drainage pipes etc. The Park’s three resident polar bears — Walker, Arktos and Victoria — enjoy tossing the donated cones in the air and hiding things inside of them. Staff at the Wildlife park can also hide food inside in the traffic cones for the animals to work out how to retrieve. Musk ox also enjoy being able to head-butt and roll drainage pipes which Wills/John Paul JV have donated. Photos courtesy of A Kelly (PLO)/B Pink (Wildlife Park).

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded in 1909, by an Edinburgh lawyer Thomas Gillespie. In just four years he garnered sufficient support and funding to enable the Society to buy an eighty five acre site to the west of Edinburgh, for £17,000 with help from the City of Edinburgh Council. In 1986 the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), acquired the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig. The Highland Wildlife Park is now home to over 200 animals including native Scottish species as well as rare and endangered animals from the world’s mountains and tundra regions.