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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices

The practices outlined in this section relate to methods of food presentation that do not require the use of special materials or devices. Scatter feeds, use of specific locations, and methods of ensuring that specific animals receive required medications and dietary supplements are dealt with.


Method Large, leafy tree branches, mainly willow, freshly cut and put into the enclosure.
Species Chimpanzee, Gorilla, Monkeys, Parrots, Hoof-Stock.
Purpose Food to be eaten, manipulatory object for apes and parrots. Used by chimpanzees in displays, and to make into tools for use with maze feeders and other puzzles.
Pro Readily available except in winter.
Con Can be time consuming to collect. Substances from some plants and trees are poisonous, so should be careful which are used.
Improvements Attach branches to the top of cages to make obtaining leaves easier, and allowing adoption of arboreal feeding postures.
Comments Should be careful of using large branches in open-top primate enclosures, as they may provide a means of escape. Long branches should not be used with Langurs or other Colobines, as large strips of peeled bark can cause gut impaction.
Frequency of Use Daily (Primates / Hoof-Stock), Once per Week (Parrots).
Ratings Usefulness 10/10/10
Convenience 10/7/8
Value For Money 10/10/10
Range of Users 10/8/7
Contributed By Primate Section / Bird Section / Hoof-Stock Section

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