September 2015

New Feeding Machines for the Great Apes at Zoo Berlin

That does indeed quite surprise our Gorilla Ivo: What exactly is that square thing in his section? It looks like a tree trunk – but it is yet somehow different. What Ivo doesn't yet know: The new tree trunk is no tree trunk. But a feeding machine – a so-called "Poke box". "Poke boxes are sturdy boxes with two transparent outer walls. Inside there are porous draws whereupon feed is provided on the top drawer via an automatically controlled box", explains Zoo vet André Schüle. "The animals will have to use their own tools to maneuver the goodies through all draws to the bottom."

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