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Hose Hook-up

An apparatus that can be clipped or locked onto the outside of an enclosure. Using a quick release and a male connecter, keeper can connect hose and provide warm water play. The orangutans can direct their piece of hose wherever they choose! It is important to make sure there is a hose band on each side of the hardware so that an orangutan cannot push or pull it through and fish through the keeper’s hose. It is also important to keep the keeper’s hose taught on a hose reel, if possible, for security. Once orangutans wear out their hose piece, a new one can be put in its place. This is a great enrichment device that keeps the orangutans entertained for a long time.

Supplies needed:
  • ¾ piece of hose 3-4’ in length
  • • 2 clips or padlocks (if your orangutans can take clips off)
  • • 1 male quick connect (and corresponding female quick release on keeper’s hose)
  • 1 threaded female coupling (3/4”)
  • 1 ¼” hose clamps (need 2) and a hose bander tool
  • • 1 ½” Metal Cam and Groove Hose Coupling (can be with threaded female pipe connection). Brass or stainless steel are recommended so that device will not rust.
  • • 1 ½” threaded seamless pipe nipple (if metal cam and groove hose coupling doesn’t have female connection). Stainless steel is recommended to prevent rusting.
  • 1 ½” x 1” threaded reducing coupling. Again, brass or galvanized is recommended.
male quick connect screwed into threaded female coupling. This is secured in hose with hose clamp. Then 1 ½” x 1” reducing coupling is connected to nipple which is connected to metal cam and groove hose coupling. A hose clamp is placed underneath the last piece so that orangutans cannot push hose out the front. The length of hose is in the enclosure with the orangutans. If using a different hose size, adjust hardware accordingly to be able to move hose through (i.e. this is ¾” hose with 1 ½” hardware.

(Danielle Fogarty – Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo)