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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Pool of Water

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.

Pool of Water

Method Pool of water.
Species All Animals.
Purpose Provide source of varied interest within the environment, for drinking, bathing, swimming, foraging for food thrown in, and for playing.
Pro Water dwelling/using animals provided with natural habitat.
Con Must be cleaned frequently if possible, to reduce the risk of contamination through defeccation or spoilage of food in the pool. Installation of a new pool to an existing enclosure is awkward.
Improvements Use running water, either with a pump or from a natural source. A filtration system keeps the water cleaner for longer, particularly with animals that defecate in the water.
Comments Flowing water should ideally be used, however, is expensive to run continuously and may be costly to install in existing enclosures. Running water creates a more interesting environment due to mobility and noise. Water should be monitored for contamination, and risk of transmission of disease from animals in other enclosures sharing the water supply should be considered.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 7/10/8/10/10
Convenience 5/5/4/8/8
Value For Money 7/10/4/10/10
Range of Users 10/10/10/10/7
Contributed By Primate Section / Hoof-Stock Section / Bird Section / Carnivore Section / Reptile Section

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