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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Lookout Post

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.

Lookout Post

Method Telegraph pole situated in outdoor enclosure allows a view from the top out of the enclosure and across surrounding countryside and the zoo. The pole can only be used by one individual at a time.
Species Chimpanzee, Barbary Macaque, Gorilla, Diana Monkey.
Purpose Provide viewpoint to see out of the enclosure. Male Diana monkeys in the enclosure shared with gorillas use the pole to display to the second group of Diana monkeys housed in the Monkey House.
Pro Animals are able to see what is happening in the rest of the zoo.
Con --
Improvements --
Comments The pole in the chimpanzee enclosure is used by all of the males, though currently there is no clear dominance hierarchy. During male displays, the threatened individual will climb to the top, with the others chasing. At present, construction work with a crane near the enclosure attracts a lot of attention. Pole should be outwith jumping distance to the enclosure roof or public areas.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
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