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orangutan construction site

april 26, 2010

orangutan construction site
Arizona Docent, 28 Apr 2010
    • Arizona Docent
      april 26, 2010
    • Maguari
      An interesting point here in the 'two countries separated by a common language' area - I would never use 'yard' to describe an animal exhibit, except maybe a small hardstand.

      I suppose in US English 'yard' has connotation of 'garden', whereas in UK English a 'yard' suggests something small, probably paved, and probably not very pleasant.

      I've seen 'yard' used quite a bit around these parts, and it always jars a bit to my British ears!
    • Arizona Docent
      Interesting observation - I never knew that. Yes, in America, yard is a pleasant term and describes a grass or landscaped area around a house that can range from modest size to several acres.
    • reduakari

      To American English-speakers, frequently-used (in the UK) zoo terms like "hardstand," "perspex," "mock rock" and "climbing frame" are unfamiliar to our ears.
    • Ituri
      Okay, let me make sure I've got this straight,

      perspex = plexiglass
      mock rock = gunite or artificial rock
      climbing frame = climbing structure or platform
      hardstand = has be baffled since I've never seen such structures erected in US zoos (at least not knowingly)
    • Ituri
      Also the term yard usually implies being fenced off
    • Maguari


      Yup - not so much if it were a platform on its own (although it may include platforms). This is also used in kids' playgrounds (I think the US equivalent would be 'monkey bars').

      You do have them - but Bob only knows what you'd call them if not hardstands!

      Hardstand (or hardstanding) in zoo terms is an area of a paddock or exhibit, usually able to separated from the main paddock, that has a hard substrate (concrete, paving, more often nowadays gravel), whose main purposes are to a) provide an area that won't become waterlogged/muddy in winter and b) to provide a hard surface to keep hooves in check.

      EDIT: Just wanted to add that this isn't exclusively a zoo term; I've heard it applied to hard-surfaced areas of car parks ('parking lots' ;) ), for example.

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds this sort of stuff interesting!
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