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Manipulatory & Play Objects
Plastic Trays, Toys and Rubber Buckets

The methods outlined in this section relate to the use of both artificial and natural substrates and items for physical and mental stimulation, including floating toys, nesting materials and posts for claw scraping and scratching to relieve skin irritations.

Plastic Trays, Toys and Rubber Buckets

Method Plastic Trays, Toys and Rubber Buckets.
Species Chimpanzee, Gorilla.
Purpose Manipulatory object, used in displays to make noise, throw about or hit off of objects.
Pro Durable and cheap. Use of lightweight objects prevents injury if used to strike other animals during displays.
Con --
Improvements Interest in old items can be renewed by smearing some yoghurt or honey on them.
Comments During displays, males will run around the enclosure banging the display object off of wooden posts and the metal climbing frame. Infants play with the buckets or sit in them.
Frequency of Use Constant, but must change items every other Day.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 10
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
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