Individual Methods for
Living Trees and Large Bushes
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.
Living Trees and
||Growing inside the enclosure.
||Red Panda, Coati, Mongoose,
Meerkat, all Birds, including ground-living species.
||Provide free moving, variable
perches, shade and shelter, and a visual barrier. Insectivores may further supplement
their diet with naturally occurring insects attracted to the trees, and can spend
considerable time foraging.
||Natural, self replenishing,
constantly vary in appearance, texture, scent and provision of foods (leaves, twigs,
flowers, fruit, insects).
||New bushes are prone to being
destroyed by enclosure inhabitants.
||Non-toxic trees should be used,
particularly if the animals in question may eat leaves or branches. Should ensure that
animals cannot escape from the enclosure using the tree to get over fences. A mesh screen
placed around a newly introduced tree or bush will help to protect it until it becomes
established in the enclosure.
|Value For Money
|Range of Users
Section / Bird Section