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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Outdoor Climbing Framework

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.

Outdoor Climbing Framework

Method Comprises of bars, grills and poles, connected to other enclosure areas by ropes and nets, with nesting baskets attached to the sides of the frame. Size 14 feet high x 40 feet long x 2-4 feet wide.
Species Chimpanzee, Gorilla.
Purpose Climbing frame to encourage exercise and activity, provides a viewing platform to see out of the enclosure.
Pro Sturdy and durable.
Con Very unnatural looking.
Improvements Remove solid grill and separate frame into distinct "islands" reached by ropes. Provide tunnels, swings and platforms, to allow escape during aggressive interactions.
Comments --
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience N/A
Value For Money 8
Range of Users 7
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