The Effects Of Naturalistic Housing On Zoos Such As The Louisville Zoo And How It Affects Them

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The goal of this project is to examine the effects of naturalistic housing in Zoos such as the Louisville Zoo and how it affects them in cognitive activity. The increasing need of Zoos providing naturalistic housing for such animals is a necessity to prevent failure to thrive. Observations on primates in these naturalistic housings and use of cognitive activates can provide a captivating understanding on the species and select individuals.
Visit and Observation
This researcher went to the Louisville Zoo on November 6, 2015 to visit and observe the Gorilla Sanctuary. Upon arrival I noticed that the gorillas had access to indoor day rooms and outdoor fields. With the setup of the housing you have several observation points to view the gorillas. The indoor day rooms have places for them to clime and appear more activity friendly while the outdoor fields are barer but still as a roaming feel to it. The interaction between the gorillas appeared caring and showed a ranking order among them. They were separated in two groups; one was indoors while the other two Sayed in the fields and were grooming each other. Through my visit I noticed how they worked together in activities the zoo staff provided them, such as a wood box with slots in it. At first when the staff put the slotted box that stood about four feet tall and four feet wide the two gorillas in the indoor day room watched them enter, set up, and leave then first the larger of the two moved toward the box and tried to open…

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