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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Electric Anti-Predator Fence

The methods outlined in this section relate to features of enclosure construction and layout which may be used to enhance the living conditions of animals, including the use of shelter areas, vegetation, viewing platforms and climbing structures.

Electric Anti-Predator Fence

Method Single strand wire on the outside of the enclosure, around the bottom of standard mesh barrier. Wire is fed with a low voltage electric current when the zoo is closed. Animals touching the wire receive an electric shock.
Species Pheasants.
Purpose Prevent predators such as foxes and stoats getting into the enclosure at night.
Pro Effective and unobtrusive.
Con Easily damaged by members of the public, especially children standing on it.
Improvements --
Comments Electrified wire should have a backup system in case of a powercut. Edinburgh Zoo had problems with small predators burrowing under the mesh fence at night until electric wires were introduced.
Frequency of Use Every Night.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 9
Value For Money 8
Range of Users N/A
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