04 Jan Think big when you think animal enclosures
Think big when you think animal enclosures
When most of our customers see that we install animal enclosures, they think about dog runs or maybe a horse corral. We can easily handle those jobs for you, but we’ve also created enclosures for some much more exotic animals, including ostriches, zebras and tigers. With each project, we learn so much about the animals – their needs, their habits and what it takes to care for them properly.
We’ve worked with zoos, animal sanctuaries and with individual owners to create custom animal enclosures that will ensure the comfort and safety of the animals as well as the folks who care for them.
According to National Geographic, ostriches live 30 to 40 years, are generally 7 to 9 feet tall and can weigh anywhere between 220 to 350 pounds. That makes the ostrich the biggest and the heaviest bird on the planet. As the experts at the San Diego Zoo explain, they are built to run rather than fly. “Its long, thick, and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort, and its feet have only two toes for greater speed,” they say. “Ostriches can sprint in short bursts up to 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour), and they can maintain a steady speed of 31 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour). Just one stride can be 10 to 16 feet (3 to 5 meters) long—that’s longer than many rooms! When danger threatens, ostriches can escape pretty easily by running away. Ostrich chicks can run at speeds approaching 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour) at just a month old!”
Another interesting thing about ostriches, courtesy of the San Diego Zoo: “As its species name, camelus, suggests, the ostrich was once known as the “camel bird” because of its long neck, prominent eyes, and sweeping eyelashes, as well as its jolting walk. Also, like camels, the ostrich can tolerate high temperatures and go without water for long periods of time.”
And in case you were wondering, ostriches don’t stick their head in the sand. Phrases.org tells us, “The story was first recorded by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, who suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don’t hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The ‘burying their head in the sand’ myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding.”
Zebras are fascinating animals, too, we learned. Did you know, like snowflakes, no two zebras are alike? Each has a unique pattern to its stripes. Also, as the folks at the San Diego Zoo explain, “Zebras communicate with one another with facial expressions and sounds. They make loud braying or barking sounds and soft snorts and whuffs. The position of their ears, how wide open their eyes are, and whether their mouths are open or their teeth are bared all mean something. Ears flat back, for example, means trouble, or you better follow orders!”
As for tigers, they are incredibly beautiful creatures. Sadly, they are endangered. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Tigers have lost 93% of their historical range. Their habitat has been destroyed, degraded and fragmented by human activities. The clearing of forests for agriculture and timber, as well as the building of road networks and other development activities, pose serious threats to tiger habitats.”
And habitat loss isn’t even the biggest threat they face.
“Poaching is the most immediate threat to wild tigers,” the WWF reports. “Every part of the tiger—from whisker to tail—is traded in illegal wildlife markets. In relentless demand, their parts are used for traditional medicine, folk remedies and, increasingly, as status symbols among some Asian cultures.”
If you are in need of an animal enclosure – whether it’s for the family dog or an endangered tiger – the team at Zepco Fence has the experience to get the job done right. We can also assist you with a full range of fencing, from a modern wood fence or a PVC fence to a large fence gate or commercial fences.