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Zoo d'Asson

Ocelot Temple

Luc Lorca, author for Zoo d'Asson
Monika Fiby, editor for ZooLex
Published 2017-11-10

 

UP LOCATION:

6 chemin brouquet , 64800 Asson , France
Phone: 33--0559710334
URL: http://zoo-asson.org


UP KEY WORDS:

education, exhibit, themed


UP ANIMALS:

Family:Species:Common Name:Capacity:
FelidaeLeopardus pardalisOcelot3


UP DESCRIPTION:

The "Ocelot Temple" is a themed exhibit dedicated to the exhibition and breeding of ocelot with high welfare standards. The general design of the exhibit takes the necessity of separating the male and the female into account, especially when the female is about to give birth and afterwards.

Indoor quarters feature a Maya temple that is connected to two outdoor 4-meter high exhibits. The outdoor exhibits' walls are 2.5m high and made of stone gabbions. The exhibit is covered with a metallic mesh with 5x5cm openings that is supported by a central pole. Both outdoor exhibits have V-shaped windows and are furnished with rocks, trunks, natural lianas and ponds as enrichment.

Visitor pathways are partly covered by two "palapas": the largest at 10-meters in length and the smaller housing custom-made interpretation material.
 

UP SIZE:

Space allocation in square meters:

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accessible     total     accessible     total    
animals18120138
visitors150150
others1212
total30270300

 

UP COSTS:

euro 200,000 including 2,5 % for design.

Education material was included in the budget.
 

UP OPENING DATE:

15 May 2017
 

UP DESIGN:

Beginning: 15 October 2016

  • General & landscape design: Zoo d'Asson, 64800 Asson France
  • Theming design: Zoo d'Asson, 64800 Asson France
  • Themed palapas: Africa Style, 36050 Cartigliano VI Italy
  • Education: Pic Bois, 65190 Tournay Farnce

UP CONSTRUCTION:

Beginning: 03 January 2017

  • Construction: Eise Ladagnous & fils, 64800 Igon France
  • Metalwork: Douillet-Larribère, 64510 Assat France
  • Artificial rocks: Aqua Roc Decor, 64530 Ger France
  • Net: hmj design, Skørpingvej 156, 9520 Skørping, Danemark

UP LOCAL CONDITIONS:

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332 m altitude
12.7 °C mean annual temperature
1,000 mm mean annual precipitation

 

UP PLANTS:

Plants should thrive under the mild climate of southern France and were chosen to evoke the neotropics.

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


UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:

The animals have access to 3 interconnected 6m² and 3m high indoor cages. One was designed to replicate the interior chamber of a temple and can be seen by visitors though a glass panel.

Cages are connected to each other and to the outside enclosures with corridors that are at least 2m above ground level to stimulate the natural climbing abilities of the species. Each exterior enclosure has rocks, tree trunks, lianas and bark-covered floor. Two pools 2.3x1.2m large and 0.6m deep give the animals the opportunity to swim and fish Gambusia affinis. These fish are too small for food, but fine for enrichment. Fishing behaviour is induced by dead trout that are fed in the pool once a week.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:

Keepers have access to both interior and exterior cages through a T-shaped corridor.

Cleaning water and pond water are collected and recycled.

Interior enclosures have automatic drinking troughs.
 

UP FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:

Visitors can see animals both outside and inside. They have access to the new exhibit and macaws' aviaries using a new wheelchair accessible pathway with a surface that imitates mud.

Depending on the season, "palapas" provide both shade and shelter.
 

UP INTERPRETATION:

Educations tools are diverse and made specifically for the "Ocelot Temple". Large signs give information about the ecology, breeding biology and conservation topics regarding ocelot.

Three interpretation games explain to visitors: the place of the ocelot in neotropical food chains; the differences between the ocelot and three other American felids (Marguay, Puma and Jaguar); the perception of the ocelot in ancient and modern traditional Mexican cultures.
 

UP MANAGEMENT:

The exhibit was designed to make animal management as easy as possible.

All animals can be transfered from one indoor enclosure to another without stress. Both exterior exhibits are connected through the building and can be managed as a big enclosure for a compatible pair or as two separated units, especially during breeding time. Animals can be loaded and unloaded through a special sliding door, avoiding stressful capture and escapes.
 

UP RESEARCH:


 

UP CONSERVATION:

The Zoo plans to support ocelot conservation in Central America.
 

UP LOCAL RESOURCES:


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Overview
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Ocelot (1)
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Palapa covering visitor path (2)
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View of the first enclosure (3)
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The Maya Temple (4)
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Indoor exhibit (5)
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Behind the scenes (6)
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The unloading system (7)
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Tunnels for fexibility (8)
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Tunnels for fexibility (9)
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Design and enrichment (10)
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Enrichment (11)
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Ocelot on exhibit (12)
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Interpretation Palapa (13)
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Education tool (14)
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Interactive game (15)
©Luc Lorca, 2017

 
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Education panel (16)
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Signs (17)
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Logo (18)
©Luc Lorca, 2017

 

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