Proper building materials are critical when building or renovating a zoo. In addition to putting careful consideration into the building materials that you use elsewhere in the zoo, it is important to focus on building proper enclosures. Here are some reasons why acrylic is an ideal material to use for zoo enclosures.
You Can Easily Keep an Eye on the Animals Your staff members are probably committed to providing all of your zoo's animals with proper care. Keeping an eye on the animals so you can watch for visible injuries or signs of distress, injury, or illness is very important so that you can address these issues immediately, but it can be difficult to do with the wrong type of enclosure. Since acrylic enclosures are much easier to see through than metal bars, wire mesh or other similar types of animal enclosures, it is easier for animal caretakers to keep an eye on the animals that are on the premises. This is helpful for busy caretakers who might have a lot of animals to monitor and care for. You Can Provide Guests With a Better View Not only will acrylic enclosures make it easier for caretakers to keep an eye on the animals, but it will make it much easier for guests to see them, too. After all, guests typically visit and pay admission fees with the intention of getting a great view of zoo animals, and you surely don't want anyone to leave disappointed. Plus, not only will acrylic make it possible for guests to get a better view of the animals, but it will allow them to see the beautiful landscaping inside each of your enclosures, too. Many people like the neat, clean and streamlined look of acrylic in comparison to other materials. You Can Provide a Secure Enclosure Naturally, it’s critical to ensure that all of your animal enclosures are secure. If an animal gets out of one of its enclosures, both animals and humans could be at great risk. Fortunately, acrylic is a very strong material. In fact, it is much stronger and more durable than glass. This means that if the enclosure is constructed properly, you should not have to worry about it failing. Of course, it is important to watch for any signs of damage, such as discoloration, scratches, or cracks. Fortunately, acrylic enclosures typically last for a long time before there is a need for repair or replacement. You Can Thoroughly Clean and Sanitize Acrylic Of course, cleanliness should be a top priority in your zoo. This is essential for the health and well-being of your animals, and it makes the environment a lot more pleasant for staff members and guests, too. Unlike some materials, you can thoroughly clean and sanitize acrylic. Since you can clean this material pretty quickly and easily, you can avoid piling on additional time-consuming tasks for your hardworking cleaning and maintenance staff members. It is important to avoid damaging the acrylic when cleaning it. Scratches are one potential concern. Don't use an abrasive cleaner for the job, and gently wipe away any dirt or debris before cleaning. Choose a gentle sanitizer that will thoroughly clean the acrylic without damaging it or put animals, humans, or the environment at risk. If you are in the process of designing and building a zoo, or if you want to make improvements and changes to your zoo, then you will need to choose the right material for the animal enclosures. This is one of the most important aspects of a zoo building or renovation project. Acrylic is a great option for animal enclosures in zoos. Contact us at MGM Plastics for help with building durable custom animal enclosures for your facility.