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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Living Trees and Large Bushes

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.

Living Trees and Large Bushes

Method Growing inside the enclosure.
Species Red Panda, Coati, Mongoose, Meerkat, all Birds, including ground-living species.
Purpose Provide free moving, variable perches, shade and shelter, and a visual barrier. Insectivores may further supplement their diet with naturally occurring insects attracted to the trees, and can spend considerable time foraging.
Pro Natural, self replenishing, constantly vary in appearance, texture, scent and provision of foods (leaves, twigs, flowers, fruit, insects).
Con New bushes are prone to being destroyed by enclosure inhabitants.
Improvements --
Comments Non-toxic trees should be used, particularly if the animals in question may eat leaves or branches. Should ensure that animals cannot escape from the enclosure using the tree to get over fences. A mesh screen placed around a newly introduced tree or bush will help to protect it until it becomes established in the enclosure.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10/10
Convenience 10/9
Value For Money 10/10
Range of Users 10/10
Contributed By Carnivore Section / Bird Section

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