An Avant 635 has recently been delivered to Twycross Zoo at Atherstone in Warwickshire, UK, having been chosen principally for the regular rotating and changing of special esturian sand used within its elephant house. This sand is used in order to maintain the elephants’ feet in good condition as part of an ongoing zoo policy to provide the highest possible levels of animal welfare.

Supplied with bucket, pallet forks and digging arm attachments, the Avant is now able to complete the elephant house task in less than three hours and, thanks to the machine’s diminutive size, is able to reach into all the corners with ease.

The Avant was chosen by Twycross following research into a suitable machine which discovered that similar machines were being successfully used in several European zoos for a variety of materials handling jobs.

Since the 635 arrived at Twycross its full potential was soon realised and it wasn’t long before it was being pressed into service for many other load and carry applications around the 80 acre (32 hectare) site as well as helping to maintain the numerous pathways.