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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Device
Frozen Fruit Blocks

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.

Frozen Fruit Blocks

Method Halved or quartered pieces of fruit, placed in containers with water or fruit juice, and left in a freezer.
Species Most Primates (except Langurs), Tapir, Giraffe, Peccary, Babirusa.
Purpose Provide variety in appearance and texture of food.
Pro Increases the time spent feeding.
Con --
Improvements Putting the end of a thin rope in the liquid before freezing allows the ice block to be hung from a branch.
Comments Popular in hot summer weather. Use rubber or metal containers for freezing, or cheap ones such as empty margarine tubs, as plastic containers split and break as water freezes and expands.
Frequency of Use Once per Fortnight.
Ratings Usefulness 8/10
Convenience 8/6
Value For Money 8/10
Range of Users 9/10
Contributed By Primate Section / Hoof-Stock Section

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