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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.
||Underlying rockface of enclosures
built on a hillside slope have been cut away to create ledges for animals to sit or lie on
and use as a viewing platform. Sheltered ledges also make good suntraps to sunbathe.
||Lion, Jungle Cat, other Cats,
||Viewing platforms and resting
areas made from the natural underlying substrate. Ledges act as a suntrap, with the result
that cats spend a large amount of time in a highly visible location.
||Adaptation of limiting environment
(solid rock face) to fulfil a useful function. The public can easily see most animals when
they are on the ledges.
||Some animals, for example, Snow
Leopards blend in well with rock ledges and are difficult to see.
||Provide artificial raised
platforms to allow the animals greater choice of where to sit in the enclosure.
||Almost all cats show a preference
for raised areas to sit or lie in, from where they can view their surroundings. Signs are
used for the public to indicate where the animals are likely to be, and can therefore
improve their chances of seeing the animals.
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