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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Plastic Hoops

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.

Plastic Hoops

Method Strung together or singly make unpredictable swinging structures. Secured to roof or wall with ropes or chains. When cut, hoops become long flexible cables. See RATEL 23 No. 5 (Oct 1996).
Species Most Monkeys, for example, Stump-tailed Macaque and Hamlyn’s Monkey.
Purpose Provide unpredictable swinging cage furniture.
Pro Durable, easily cleaned, cheap. Easy to move around the enclosure for variety.
Con --
Improvements See also Peanut Hoop in Feeding Devices section.
Comments Huge variety of shapes and structures can be made from linked hoops with a little imagination. With information boards, can explain to the public that unnatural cage furniture still allows primates to display natural behaviours.
Frequency of Use Two Months on, two Months off.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 8
Range of Users 8
Contributed By Primate Section

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