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Tierwelt Herberstein

Siamang Exhibit

Monika Fiby and Corinne Bailey (authors for ZooLex)
Daniela Juen (editor for Herberstein Zoo)
Published 2015-4-20

 

UP LOCATION:

Steirischer Landestiergarten GmbH , Buchberg 50 , 8223 Stubenberg am See , Austria
Phone: 0043-03-176 80777
URL: http://www.tierwelt-herberstein.at


UP KEY WORDS:

EEP, ape, arboreal, gibbon, lesser ape


UP ANIMALS:

Family:Species:Common Name:Capacity:
HylobatidaeSymphalangus syndactylusSiamang1.1.1
PelicanidaePelecanus crispusDalmatian Pelican3.1
TestudinidaeGeochelone sulcataAfrican spurred tortoise1.2
TestudinidaeStigmochelys pardalisLeopard tortoise0.2


UP DESCRIPTION:

A new siamang house was built to conform to animal holding regulations and improve welfare. It provides a much larger and more appropriate space for the siamangs, as well as better animal management opportunities and a more interesting viewing experience for the visitor. Covered outdoor exhibits allow the siamangs to get outside in winter when the forest exhibit is not accessible.

A corridor and hatch system allows the siamangs to access their forested outdoor enclosure. The siamang exhibit perimeter are electric fences and the shore of a pond. The pond is fenced in for pelicans that have access to the siamang exhibit and their own shore of the pond. In winter the pelicans use part of the previous siamang house. Tortoises are now on display in the previous siamang indoor exhibit.
 

UP SIZE:

2800m² forest outdoor exhibit that is positioned on a slope. The siamangs are separated from the pelicans by a fence, but the pelicans can access the siamang enclosure. Building: 70m². A netted exhibit along the building and a corridor allow the siamangs access to their forest outdoor exhibit. The netted exhibit is 21m², two neighbouring netted separation enclosures 6m² and 20m². The indoor exhibit is 40m², 3 adjacent separation enclosures 5m², 3m² and 8m². The indoor service area with kitchen and technical space is about 15m².

Space allocation in square meters:

useindoorsoutdoors     total exhibit    
accessible     total     accessible     total    
animals50502,8502,8502,900
visitors00250250250
others1520505070
total70703,1503,1503,220

 

UP COSTS:

Euros 250,000 including 10 % for design.


 

UP OPENING DATE:

10 July 2014
 

UP DESIGN:

Beginning: August 2012

  • Concept design: Dipl.Ing. Monika Fiby, MLA, 1090 Vienna
  • Architecture: Ingenos Gobiet GmbH

UP CONSTRUCTION:

Beginning: März 2014

  • Construction: Lieb Bau, Weiz
  • Timber construction: Holz Bau, Weiz
  • Fences, gates: Michael Linzberger, Waldegg
  • Metal works: Schlosserei Metallbau Gölles/Holzer GmbH, Pischelsdorf
  • Heating, water, plumbing: KROBATH Bad Heizung Service GmbH, Feldbach
  • Electrical installations: Elektro Rominger GmbH, Sinabelkirchen
  • Roof: Hochegger Dächer GmbH, Hartberg
  • Windows: KAPO Fenster und Türen GmbH, Pöllau
  • Painting: Hödl Josef, Gleisdorf

UP LOCAL CONDITIONS:

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UP PLANTS:

Existing forest on site was preserved as it provides adequate opportunities for the siamangs to display natural climbing and social behaviours.

The plant list specifies the Latin names of the plants used for this exhibit.


UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:

The forested outdoor area provides appropriate shelter, climbing space and enrichment for the primates. Browsing is encouraged by the existing robust, edible vegetation.

When the siamangs cannot use their forest exhibit due to storm, snow or frost, they always can go outside into the netted outdoor enclosures. Within the indoor and netted outdoor enclosures enrichment is provided in the form of large climbing logs, branches, ropes and nets, encouraging the siamang to engage in natural climbing and social behavior. Part of the main indoor exhibit has deep litter flooring with 50 cm of bark chips that is kept moist. This improves the microclimate, reduces reverberation and smell because urine and feces quickly decay. Large windows allow the siamang to see the surroundings from inside.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:

The main indoor exhibit is connected to two separation enclosures with shift doors that are operated from the service area. These holding cages and hatches provide the means to separate animals when necessary. The service area is fitted with food preparation and washing facilities for the keepers and holds equipment and the electric controls for the inside and outside enclosures. Electric fencing surrounds the outdoor enclosure and corridor system.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:

The visitor is able to view the exhibit on various levels from the path around the lake up to the holding building. On the upper level, the visitor has a view from a covered corridor into the indoor exhibit, as well as a raised view over the large forested enclosure. When climbing down the stairs along the building, the visitor can see the large outdoor exhibit, as well as the covered outdoor enclosures and the corridor system.
 

UP INTERPRETATION:

Signage provides information about the siamang in terms of its biology, diet, characteristics, social structure, and status in the wild. Education is also provided in feeding time presentations.
 

UP MANAGEMENT:

The indoor service room, hatch and corridor system, as well as separation facilities and controllable electric fencing allow for the maintenance and management of the exhibit. All shift doors are mechanical. Within the indoor enclosure, woodchip substrate and washable walls assist the efficient maintenance of the exhibit. All fittings which are not for use by the siamangs are protected from damage by metal grilles.
 

UP RESEARCH:


 

UP CONSERVATION:

The siamang is endangered in the wild and the zoo participates in the EEP breeding program for this species. Its role in ex-situ conservation is furthered by information within the signage around the exhibit which profiles the conservation needs of the species.
 

UP LOCAL RESOURCES:

Planning and construction was done by local companies.

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Overview
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Site Plan
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Siamang (1)
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Wayfinding (2)
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Outdoor Exhibit (3)
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Siamang brachiating (4)
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Holding building (5)
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Deep litter flooring (6)
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Outdoor exhibit with pelicans (7)
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Service area behind holding building (8)
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Indoor separation enclosures (9)
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Training fence (10)
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Mechanical gates (11)
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Kitchen (12)
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Kitchen window (13)
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Visitor area (14)
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Netted enclosures and corridor (15)
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Connections (16)
©Monika Fiby, 2014

 
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Outside fencing (17)
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Visitor side of holding building (18)
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Information sign (19)
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Viewing shelter (20)
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Tortoise holding building (21)
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New residents of old siamang house (22)
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Visual impression of visitor view (23)
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Section (24)
©Monika Fiby, 2012

 
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Siamang fountain (25)
©Monika Fiby, 2014

 

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