Ape house, Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, Stuttgart (DE)
Large natural urge to play and be active
The fact that these intelligent animals live in communities and have a natural urge to play and be active were key aspects that had to be considered during the planning phase. For example, one of the special features of the new ape house is the bonobo cinema, where at certain times of the day the apes can choose between animal programmes, nature documentaries or animated cartoons by pressing the knobs on a monitor. Operating the food labyrinths, automatic water dispensers and ape showers also promotes their dexterity and intelligence. The animals can operate the showers via an IR sensor. The apes not only use the water for showering and playing, but also for drinking.
In addition to species-appropriate activities, the protection and safety of the animals are given top priority. This also applies to the drinking water supply in the enclosures. By installing the Mapress Stainless Steel piping systems from Geberit, the required hygienically perfect drinking water quality can be guaranteed.