Individual Methods for
Heavily Planted Enclosures
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.
||Bushes, bamboo and other plants
grown within the enclosure.
||Birds, Carnivores, Small Deer,
Capybara, Mara, Tortoises and Reptiles.
||To provide sheltered locations
where animals will feel secure and may hide in, and to create shade and windbreaks. Long
grasses are an excellent substrate for scatter feeds, while other plants may provide fresh
supplemental foods for some species.
||Natural, and varies on a seasonal
basis. Nervous animals and new arrivals benefit from the increased cover, feeling more
secure and settling down more rapidly.
||Can make it difficult to see the
animals. Vegetation needs to be cut back in summer, and with some birds (for example,
Ducks, Parrots) must be fenced off in spring to allow it to grow.
||Planting rows of bushes along the
outside perimeters of areas of the enclosure will increase the distance to which the
public may approach.
||Plant species used should
generally be non-toxic, although bushes with thorns or which are highly distasteful to
herbivores are more useful for providing cover and screening. For indoor enclosures,
especially for reptiles, plants which can withstand large temperature variations are most
useful. Swiss Cheese and Rubber Plants have been found to be ideal for this.
|Value For Money
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Section / Carnivore Section / Hoof-Stock Section / Reptile