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Drill enclosure

Port Lympne, 11th August 2009. This is one of the old Howletts and Port Lympne wood and wire 'drum' type enclosures. It's quite spacious (because it is deeper front to back than it is wide) and there are plenty of climbing opportunities, but the floor is just earth and the indoor section at the back is a wooden shed. I would love see the drills in a barless hot-wired enclosure, with plenty of natural vegetation. Alan

Drill enclosure
gentle lemur, 2 Sep 2009
    • gentle lemur
      Port Lympne, 11th August 2009.
      This is one of the old Howletts and Port Lympne wood and wire \'drum\' type enclosures. It\'s quite spacious (because it is deeper front to back than it is wide) and there are plenty of climbing opportunities, but the floor is just earth and the indoor section at the back is a wooden shed. I would love see the drills in a barless hot-wired enclosure, with plenty of natural vegetation.

      Alan
    • snowleopard
      Very well written Alan, and I appreciate your sentiments in regards to this enclosure. This simple cage appears to do a very good job of providing climbing opportunities for the drills, but to see the primates in a much more naturalistic setting would be fantastic.
    • Zambar
      If they could just link this cage to another one of the fantastic Aspinall open-tops, perhaps even mixing them with the bongo, it'd make a world of difference.
    • gentle lemur
      I wouldn't mix them with bongo: the drills are too rare and the bongo enclosure is and so large so thickly wooded that I have never seen a bongo at PL. I wouldn't want to miss the drills too.

      Alan
    • Pertinax
      I think you would still see the Drills in a woodland enclosure as they are pretty active. I would like to see this enclosure open into an area of adjacent Woodland -they could still use the existing night quarters. But I asked about this and they said there were no plans for this....:(
    • Pertinax
      the Bongo are very hard to see at PL. Last time I couldn't see any at Howletts either, despite theirs only having a small open paddock, they were invisible...:confused:
    • Zambar
      According to local legends Bongo can turn invisible. :p I was lucky enough to the see them both at Howletts and Port Lympne, though they were indeed invisible when I went to their paddock a second time at Howletts.
    • Pertinax
      I couldn't figure out where they could disappear to at Howletts, maybe they go behind the shelter? The enclosure just looked as if it was empty.

      At Whipsnade the other day I unwittingly surprised the Bongo and they all ran out of the stalls, right across the paddock into the trees at the far side. They still have their natural flight reactions.
    • Mike11
      I agree with Marwell Dalek to conbine the old and new Aspinall-Type enclosures would be great for the animals.With plenty of climbing oppurtunities and chances to climb right up to the top with a 'complete' canopy.And then a large wooded hot wired enclosure would be fantastic giving a great view of the drills and fantastic photo oppurtunities :)
      The enclosure is great for the moment though,
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