ForageFeeder: a low-cost open source feeder for randomly distributing food

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Authors

Maggie Zhang, Andrew Kyle Schulz , Josh Meyerchick, David Hu, Nima Jadali

Abstract

Automated feeders have long fed mice, livestock, and poultry, but are incapable of feeding zoo animals such as gorillas. Gorilla food, consisting of cut vegetables and fruits, is too large to be dispensed by automated feeders. Instead gorillas are manually at a set time and location, which decreases the exercise and enrichment that accompanies their natural foraging. We designed and built ForageFeeder, an automated gorilla feeder that spreads food at random intervals throughout the day. ForageFeeder is an open source and easy to manufacture and modify device, making the feeder more accessible for zoos. The design presented here reduces manual labor for zoo staff and may be a useful tool for studies of animal ethology.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/X23K59

Subjects

Animal Experimentation and Research, Life Sciences, Research Methods in Life Sciences

Keywords

Conservation Technology, enrichment, Forage Feeding

Dates

Published: 2022-12-30 21:15

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CC-By Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

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Conflict of interest statement:
None

Data and Code Availability Statement:
All data is publicly available via links in the document to a repository.

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