Business leaders compare the Meerkats at Bristol Zoo

Business leaders and owners got up close and personal to Bristol Zoo’s brand new meerkat enclosure at a fundraising event organised by the Bristol office of accountants Saffery Champness.

Professional harpist Claire Dibble provided the background music as guests enjoyed a sneak peak at the new attraction, which is home to 13 African slender tailed meerkats.

David Lemon, head of Saffery Champness in Beaufort Road, Clifton said: “The evening was a great chance for people to see behind the scenes and get a feel for what the zoo has invested in over the past couple of years.

“This year marks the 175th anniversary of Bristol Zoo which is a fantastic achievement and we’ve loved being involved in the celebrations of a Bristol institution.

“Part of the aim of the evening was to show other businesses how the zoo works as a conference centre and a venue to hold events. We also encouraged our guests to make donations on the night, with hopes to raise a good amount for the zoo.

“Along with some of our key contacts and clients we compared the meerkats and had a lovely evening! We look forward to supporting more local initiatives in the future.”

The Meerkat Lookout is the most expensive meerkat house in Europe; a 152 square metre enclosure it features undercover viewing areas, a viewing dome and a tunnel for visitors to get up-close to the animals at eye-level.

Bristol Zoo Gardens has also been celebrating the occasion using the popular Wow! Gorillas dotted around the city. The Walk of Fame has also just opened honouring 49 of the city’s most renowned people, places and icons, including plaques for Banksy, Justin Lee Collins, Tony Robinson and The Wurzels.

Established in 1855, Saffery Champness is one of the UK’s top twenty accountancy practices and lead the field in the provision of advice to private clients and business owners.