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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Mesh Sleeping Baskets

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 Sleeping Baskets

Method Comprised of a 3 feet wide oval of iron supporting a basket of heavy duty mesh. Situated both indoors and outdoors. If provided with straw, chimps will build a day-nest.
Species Chimpanzee, Gorilla.
Purpose Provides a structure on which straw bedding may be built into a nest above the floor level.
Pro Allows chimps to sleep in the "canopy", and to gather bedding material and to an extent make their own nests.
Con Outdoor enclosure becomes strewn with straw brought from inside to put in outdoor nests. Nests are not durable enough.
Improvements Provide low level baskets, particularly for adult male gorillas, who are poor climbers. Use metal bands instead of mesh for strength.
Comments --
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 8
Range of Users 8
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