Individual Methods for
Ropes and Branches
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.
||Must be able to swing freely
(ropes) or move (branches) as environment would in the wild. Should use varying texture
and thickness so that grips must be altered.
||Primates, Perching Birds, Snakes,
||Provide exercise and develop
hand-eye co-ordination (primates). Turns enclosure into an unpredictable three-dimensional
environment, creating psychological space, as entire area is available, not
just floor and walls.
||Cheap and effective, and easily
moved around to change the layout of the enclosure. Promotes greater mobility in a variety
||In humid environments, such as
Reptile Houses, ropes and dead branches rot more quickly.
||Move or replace branches and ropes
on a regular basis for all except reptiles, as animals quickly learn most efficient routes
around the enclosure.
||Primates should have clear areas
for jumping as well as swinging. Large monkeys (for example, Spectacled Langur) dont
do well with thin branches. Lion-tailed Macaques are very destructive, so chains are more
practical than ropes for securing cage furniture. Must use branches from non-toxic trees.
Should ensure that electrical cables, heating pipes, etc. cannot be reached by climbing
|Value For Money
|Range of Users
Section / Reptile Section / Bird Section