Large Institution, Small Scale Development
Adelaide Zoo: Tamarins on the Run
The “Tamarins on the Run” is a 55 m all mesh continuous aerial walkway that connects three exhibits in the Tamarin House and expands into an adjacent heavily planted tropical feel garden area.
- The Tamarins are far more active in the runs attracting more visitor attention. A recent ‘Zoo Watch’ showed the animals are spending on average 85% of their time in the walkways purely by choice, providing a much higher level of fitness.
- The aerial extension runs over visitor paths providing great views of the arboreal animals and an excellent platform for the observation of behaviours and learning abilities.
- The animals can run, touch and feel the vegetation as well as forage on insects, all providing positive animal welfare outcomes.
- By providing the varied habitat options within the run, the requirements for replacing branches, furniture or foliage in the traditional displays are reduced which leads to less manual work and resources.
- The simple design considerably reduced the construction cost; runs are constructed of mesh sheets bent on a zoo constructed jig to create equal size sections that can be easily joined. Adding or modifying is a very simple process as is the join up of other enclosures allowing for time share between species.
“ A wonderful idea. So Cute. Great to see babies. The run is so good, we can see them so clearly”
“ So innovative – I love your Zoo can think outside the square”
“ I think it is absolutely brilliant. We love to come and sit here and see the Tamarins active – great use of our membership”