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Optex IP surveillance cameras save zoo animals from theft

Published by Jennifer on December 6, 2007 12:59 PM

Drusillas Park, a 15 acre small-animals zoo in the UK, recently added a series of Optex IP cameras to protect its animal tenants, which include meerkats, owls, gibbons, otters, and attractions like a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride.

Widely regarded as the best small zoo in the UK, Drusillas Park elected to install the Optex surveillance system after a string of endangered marmoset thefts. As foreign as it may sound, animal theft, especially with endangered species, is quite common. Rare breeds, like marmosets and other primates, are "stolen to order" by collectors.

The Optex System has been very reliable thus far - with no false alarms and no attempted robberies. Cameras are focused in areas where animals are kept, and around the perimeter and pathways that lead to and from the animal habitats. Optex's wire-free surveilance technology has made advanced configuration easy, and allows for more advanced and sensitive detections, using advanced REDWAVE technology.