Friday, June 11, 2010

Fire Hose Bridges in the Rainforest

This is a journal entry we received from Dina Bredahl about some of the amazing uses of fire hose in the forests for the orangutans:

BCT (Borneo Conservation Trust) has constructed several fire hose bridges across rivers in the Kinabatangan area. Several primate species regularly use the bridges to cross between formerly isolated areas; orangutans have been seen using them as well. (See the photo below of the fire hose bridge with the macaque crossing)

Note: many zoos in the US, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, use fire hose donated from fire departments in their primate exhibits as well. Fire hose is an economical, sturdy, long-lasting and safe way to furnish exhibits for these athletic, arboreal great apes.

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