As Mestaae settled into his "habitat", we noticed that he was not easily reaching the uppermost perch after he had been down to his bath pan, or engaged in other activities lower in his enclosure. Our staff and volunteers got to work in creating more perches, at different heights and intervals, to make it easier for him to "travel" vertically. You can see that we also used different perch surfaces to ensure that his feet stayed healthy.
We also have constructed a tree "cavity" for him, complete with perch inside. This is to encourage a very natural behavior for his species, which is to spend time within a cavity either roosting or in the wild, raising young. It also
|Mestaae's new perches, |
leading up from the floor of his enclosure.
We will continue to share Mestaae's (and our!) adventures in learning. Our approach to using adaptive management for our education winged ambassadors ensures that they get the best possible care.
|Mestaae's cavity and another perch on "his tree".|