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Developing a Metric of Usable Space for Zoo Exhibits
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
2019
Authors 
Publication/Journal 
Frontiers in Psychology
ISBN 
1664-1078
Abstract 
The size of animal exhibits has important effects on their lives and welfare. However, most references to exhibit size only consider floor space and height dimensions, without considering the space afforded by usable features within the exhibit. In this paper, we develop two possible methods for measuring the usable space of zoo exhibits and apply these to a sample exhibit. Having a metric for usable space in place will provide a better reflection of the quality of different exhibits, and enhance comparisons between exhibits.