Spinning Dispenser

Lionesses
Type

Food-Based Enrichment

Animals

Great for most larger land animals, including larger reptiles.

Food Extraction

Problem Solving

Behaviors

Object Manipulation

Why We Like It

This enrichment encourages animals to perform a unique behavior--spinning an object! The "spinning dispenser" can be made more challenging by choosing to drill fewer, smaller holes throughout the PVC pipe, so as your animal learns how to use this enrichment, you can replace the PVC pipe with one that is more challenging.

Materials
  • PVC pipe (your choice of diameter and length)

  • 2 PVC end caps to fit PVC pipe

  • Metal dowel

  • Drill and drill bit (same diameter as metal dowel)

  • Hole saw (diameter your choice)

  • Two secure points of attachment in animal's enclosure for either end of metal dowel

How to Make It
  1. Use the hole saw to drill various holes through PVC pipe (holes should be sized just big enough to fit chunks of your animal's food through them)

  2. Use the drill bit (same diameter as metal dowel) to drill through the center of each PVC end cap

  3. Place one end cap on the PVC pipe, fill it with food, put the other cap on, and thread the metal dowel through the entire device

  4. Secure both ends of the metal dowel to points in the enclosure (how you do this will vary depending on what your enclosure looks like)

  5. Make sure the apparatus spins, and you're ready to go!

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