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Personal Zoo Habitat Project By: Emily Cunningham
Patas Monkey• Erythrocebus Patas• As you are starting this new job, you must be informed about the over all care for the Patas Monkey. – Nutrition – For their diet, the patas monkey will usually eat fruits, flowers and leaves. As a treat, lettuce is given to them every two days. It usually drinks two to three times a day during the dry season and regularly on regular days.
Patas Monkey– Handicap Accessibility – Everyone should be able to visit each exhibit, no matter if a disability is present or not. In order for everyone to be able to visit this exotic animal, you must make sure that the ramp leading up to the glass of the exhibit is completely unblocked at all times. You must also make sure that people who lack disabilities are not using the ramp just so they can get a better view of the animal.
Patas Monkey– Severe Weather Protection – The patas monkey is usually used to a dry, warm climate, as in a savanna. When big storms approach the zoo habitat, you must make sure that the animals are inside their substitute habitat until the storm passes. This procedure must also be performed in the winter when temperatures drop drastically.
Patas Monkey– Safe Public Viewing – For the safety of the public, the employee must make sure that no children are climbing on the hand rails, the glass has no cracks that could potentially shatter the entire sheet, and that only a certain number of people are in the viewing area at a time. Also, the handicap ramp must be clear at all times to ensure premium safety for every visitor.
Patas Monkey– Maintenance – To make sure the animal has high quality living space, multiple tasks need to be performed weekly to ensure their quality of life. The habitat is equipped with a small pond, wide spaces for the monkeys to roam, logs for them to sit and play on, and a tall tree-like structure so they get the feel of their natural woodlands habitat. It also includes white plastic tubes for the animals to play with, which should be checked for natural chemicals obtained in the plastic each month.
Patas Monkey– Medical Treatment – For the patas monkey, even though they are used to a warm climate, must be tested and treated for heat exhaustion weekly. Because of the extreme temperatures that occur in Houston, it is required that this be done no matter what the animal is used to. The animal must also be weighed monthly to make sure that they are gaining their proper nutrition. Also, because some insects live on monkey’s skin, they must be tested for potential diseases that the insects could carry.
Shoebill Stork• Balaeniceps rex• As you finish your job with the Patas monkey, you must move on to the Shoebill Stork. Here are the things you need to know: – Nutrition – The stork normally feeds in muddy waters, preying on fish frogs and small reptiles. You must check the murky pond in their habitat and make sure the supply of food is efficient with what the bird needs daily.
Shoebill Stork– Handicap Accessibility – As I addressed in the Patas Monkey instructions, everyone should be able to visit every exhibit. For the stork’s exhibit, there is a separate cut out for people in wheelchairs and with different disabilities. If there are no people with handicaps at the exhibit at different times of the day, this section must stay roped off until a person comes along that needs to use that section. You must make sure that people are not taking advantage of this section just so they can get a better view of the animal.
Shoebill Stork– Severe Weather Protection – This unique bird can be found in east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. These birds are used to good amounts of rainfall, so that is not as big of an issue as cold weather. Africa is subjectively warm, so dramatic drops in the temperature will strongly affect the bird. They must be removed from their outside habitat, and placed into their warm, covered inside habitat, to give them the most comfortable living arrangements.
Shoebill Stork– Safe Public Viewing – For the safety of the animal and humans, you must supervise that children are not climbing on the cage that surrounds the birds habitat. They could potentially fall, and the large creature climbing on the cage will create havoc for the bird. You should also look out for children kicking and or shaking the cage. Also playing into havoc, loud noises are not to be made while admiring this exhibit. It will scare the animal and make them feel very uncomfortable in their already un-natural habitat.
Shoebill Stork– Maintenance – Because this animal is from Africa, you must make sure that they have every natural element possible so they feel right at home. You should try to avoid cutting the tall grass because that is what they are used to in the real world. Also, even though the small pond is supposed to be murky, you must replace the water monthly to ensure that no diseases from insects contaminate the water.
Shoebill Stork– Medical Treatment – For the shoebill stork, they are already used to the warm climates due to the fact that they are from Africa. So heat exhaustion will not be an issue here. But, since they are from such a diseased environment, they must be tested before they can be brought to the U.S. Their weight must be checked weekly to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrition. Their nutrition can also be tested through the urine and feces of the animal.