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Social Husbandry
Mixed Species Enclosures (Primates)

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 (Primates)

Method Mixed Species Enclosures (Primates).
Species Various, for example, Diana Monkey with Gorilla, White-faced Saki with Silvery Marmoset.
Purpose Provide stimulation and interaction with different species, and interest and awareness for visitors.
Pro --
Con Risk of bullying or predation. Changes in group structure may result in bullying occurring after integration. Parents of new-born may become aggressive to non-conspecifics.
Improvements --
Comments Introduction should be gradual, with constant observation. Must be sure one species is not over-dominant, and that they cannot interbreed. The enclosure should also meet each species needs, dietary differences or competition being catered for. Large predators could be housed with potential prey (Tigers & Deer, Hydrabad Zoo), but things can go wrong. Note - This would be illegal in Britain.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 6
Convenience 2
Value For Money N/A
Range of Users 2
Contributed By Primate Section

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