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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Raised Shelf in Indoor Houses

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.

Raised Shelf in Indoor Houses

Method A platform or shelf to lie on is provided in the indoor, off-exhibit areas of the cat enclosures.
Species Cats.
Purpose Allow the animals to choose a raised resting place indoors.
Pro --
Con --
Improvements --
Comments The display areas of enclosures are not the only areas used by animals. If an indoor den is provided, it must be equipped to suit the needs of the animal. At Edinburgh Zoo, the carnivores have access to inside dens, but are not locked in at night. If they were, they could spend up to 70% of their life indoors, so the indoor area would have to be at least as good as the public display area.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Carnivore Section

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