Fire Hoses/Ropes for Vertical Space

A wild chimpanzee in the tree, Bossou, West Africa
We want to create well equipped and enriched enclosures functional for our captive chimpanzees, aiming to resemble wild habitat.

We use fire hoses fastened in our enclosures like “spider-webs” to provide easy resting and climbing for the chimpanzees. These fire hoses are like lianas in the wild that allow chimpanzees to move freely in every direction. Climbing and brachiating within these “fire-hose webs” they can easily avoid each other during squabbles and conflicts, escape injuries; even help them not to fall easily and directly to the ground. They can also rest in a loop of a single-line hose like in a hammock and have privacy. Ropes are serving the same purpose.

Fire hoses at WISH cage in Kumamoto Sanctuary, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University(KS)

Ropes at WISH cage in Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University(KUPRI)

Ropes at triple tower in Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University(KUPRI)

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