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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Hand Held Food Puzzle

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.

Hand Held Food Puzzle

Method Empty clear-plastic juice bottle with holes drilled in sides. Seeds are placed inside, and fall out when the bottle is shaken.
Species All less destructive Monkeys (Not large Macaques).
Purpose Simple puzzle feeder which requires the monkey to work out how to get the seeds out of the see-through bottle.
Pro Cheap and quick to make, provides a lot of stimulation.
Con Large Macaque males become frustrated and chew through the plastic. The public may mistake the bottle for litter.
Improvements Make a similar device from wood or metal.
Comments --
Frequency of Use Twice per Week.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 9
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 9
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