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Individual Methods for Feeding
Methods - Device
The feeding methods outlined in this section
require prior preparation in terms of making devices for use by the animals, including
items that must be opened or manipulated to obtain food, frames to hold food items, and
containers that randomly release food such as insects.
||Eighteen inch diameter puzzle
ball. Originally designed as an enrichment device for pigs (Young et al 1994). The ball or
barrel is filled with seeds, nuts, etc., which fall out randomly as the device is moved
around by the animal.
||Peccary, Babirusa, Tapir, Parrots.
||Random-reward feeding device that
requires the animal to move the feeder around until food drops out.
||The device can work for days
before being completely emptied. Food balls of varying difficulty can be made to suit
||Commercially available, but
expensive. Does not work well in enclosures built on a slope, as it rolls to the bottom
and stays there.
||The babirusa enclosure is located
on a slope, and the female ignores the device it once it has rolled down the hill. Devices
of varying size can be made, from small balls for birds, medium sized ones for primates
and hoof-stock, to large barrels for bears and rhinos.
||Once per Week.
|Value For Money
|Range of Users
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