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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Mesh Roof Covered in Straw

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.

Mesh Roof Covered in Straw

Method Mesh Roof Covered in Straw
Species Most Primates.
Purpose Provides a climbing frame and substrate base (straw) for food to be hidden on the roof to promote foraging. Lowers light levels to dappled, forest-like conditions.
Pro Can feed on roof without entering the enclosure. Makes frequent, irregular feeds easy, and encourages arboreal feeding postures.
Con --
Improvements Vary food size, so some falls onto the floor while large pieces stay on the roof. Dominant males concentrate on fallen food, and others can get a fair share from the roof.
Comments Some monkeys, for example, Spectacled Langurs, White-faced Saki’s, Ring-tailed Lemurs will not take large items of food through the roof mesh. The public appreciate "animals working for food as in the wild".
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 8
Contributed By Primate Section

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