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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design

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.


Method Position of windows on exterior wall of chimp housing allows chimps and monkeys in the outside and inside enclosure areas to observe each other.
Species Chimpanzee, Ring-tailed Lemur, Monkeys.
Purpose Allows visual contact to be maintained between areas of indoor and outdoor enclosures.
Pro --
Con Some chimps in outdoor enclosure jump at window if keeper or visitor stands inside looking out. Windows have to be washed regularly, often more than once per day.
Improvements --
Comments Chimps have been observed to interact through the barrier. If the windows are large, they do not allow primates to ‘hide’ from the public, or they may feel too exposed.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 8
Convenience N/A
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Primate Section

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