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Jul 24, 2008

Post occupancy evaluatoin of a Red River Hog enclosure

Post occupancy evaluatoin of a Red River Hog enclosure from SWEP Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

An important welfare audit approach to ascertain if an encosure had improved animal welfare for the Red River Hog

Post occupancy evaluation of environments provide information about the success or failure of environmental designs, and are not carried out frequently enough.

Such an evaluation was carried out on the Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus) enclosure at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.

Data were collected on activity budgets and use of enclosure. It was found that full use of the enclosure decreased over time after introduction to the new space. However providing scatter feeds as enrichment increased enclosure use back to the level of first introduction.

The sort of evaluation is essential for us to understand the requirements of animals in enclosure design.

Developed by:  SWEP Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

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