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Social Husbandry
Mixed Species Enclosures (Mammals)

The methods outlined in this section relate to the means of controlling breeding, and providing interaction and social stimulation, including the use of group housing, both of the same species and of different species together, and movements of individuals or groups into different environments.

Mixed Species Enclosures (Mammals)

Method Mixed Species Enclosures (Mammals).
Species Various, for example, Wallaby and Muntjack Deer.
Purpose Provide stimulation and interaction with different species, and interest for visitors.
Pro --
Con Animals with young offspring are prone to disturbance or aggression. Muntjack Deer will eat the Diet A Pellets fed to Wallabies.
Improvements Keeping animals from the same geographical area and ecological conditions together can have greater educational impact on public.
Comments Animals may have different sensory capabilities and management requirements, and must be treated accordingly. Competition for food must be dealt with either by using species-specific feeding devices, or by feeding the animals separately. Some antelope must be split off from other animals to reduce risk of injury during aggressive male displays.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 6
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 5
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