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South-American, indoor exhibit, rainforest
The Goeldi´s Monkey Exhibit is part of the renovation of the South-American exhibit. The space had held two smaller marmoset/tamarin enclosures. The decision to replace one of the enclosures was made in order to give animals and visitors more space.
The goal is to exhibit the monkeys in a naturalistic setting and give them a complex and stimulating environment.
The exhibit has a glass front for public viewing. The main feature is an artificial "broken" kapok tree. The interior is a mix of artificial and natural branches, vines and rock work. All plants are real.
The Goeldi´s Monkey Exhibit is part of a South-America exhibit. The monkey viewing exhibit covers about 17 square meters; a separation enclosure adds 8 square meters. The whole South-American exhibit is about 200 square meters.
Space allocation in square meters:
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All design, planning and construction work was done by employees in-house.
16 June 2017
Beginning: February 2017
Beginning: March 2017
- Construction: Tropikariet,
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Most of the plant species chosen for the exhibit are species that had been proven successful in other small primate exhibits of the Tropikariet. Many of the plants are robust and fast-growing species.
It is a difficult task to keep plants alive with small primates. Experience with exhibits at the Tropikariet has shown that plants tend to be quickly destroyed when they are scarce and the overall design of the exhibit is not complex and stimulating. If, on the contrary, the exhibit is complex enough and as many plants as possible are planted, the monkeys tend not to destroy them. In the Goeldi’s Monkey Exhibit there is no problem with plant destruction, even with the small delicate palms.
All the plants are planted in pumice. On top of that is soil. The soil is then covered with small pieces of decaying wood and leaves.
The plant list specifies the Latin names of the plants used for this exhibit.
FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:
The animals and plants get daylight from a 140x140 cm skylight. This is complemented with seven (Maxlite) 200 watts LED fixtures (6500 kelvin). Three reptile UV lamps were also installed for the monkeys.
The lush vegetation and several boxes provide the monkeys with places to hide. Natural tree trunks and vines are placed both in horizontal and vertical positions as pathways for the monkeys throughout the exhibit.
The top layer of the soil with decaying wood and leaves encourages the monkey for intensive foraging. They spend hours looking for insects. The sides of the exhibit are made to look like eroded earth banks. This also gives the monkeys plenty of "wall climbing space" with different surface textures. There are water carrying heat systems built into the earth banks and part of the ground. This helps to maintain a high humidity.
Behind the scenes, there are two additional enclosures that allow to house animals separately when necessary. They are also equipped with climbing structures and hiding boxes.
FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:
The keepers enter the main exhibit through a door from the visitor area. The separation enclosures can be reached from a corridor behind the scenes.
FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:
The new exhibit has glass panels from floor to ceiling for a more immersive feeling. The eroded earth banks and the rock work also cut through the front panel and extend into the visitors’ area. There is also a small bench for the visitors in front of the exhibit.
A monitor mounted in the rockwall presents information about the life of the Goeldi’s monkeys.
The bio-bedding of the exhibit works very well. It absorbs almost all of the dropped food and feces. The plants just need water once a month since the pumice that they are planted in holds the water for a very long time. Only the top layer of soil that needs to be sprayed down once a week. Two roots from the artificial kapok tree hold all the pumice and soil that the plants are planted in. This creates a walkway for the keepers between the front glass and the roots.
The Tropikariet takes part in the EEP for Goeldi’s monkeys.
All design and construction was completed in-house.