Hello Neighbor! Mixed Species Exhibits

A “mixed species” exhibit is one in which a few different kinds of animals live in the same zoo habitat.  Mixed species exhibits are great for the zoo visitors; it’s fun to learn about ecosystems and the interactions between animals in the wild.  If one animal decides to hide from view, there might be another in the same enclosure that is up and active.  Mixed-species exhibits are great for the animals too!  When everyone gets along, living together is more stimulating for all the animals in the exhibit.  But it takes planning and work to make sure that the neighbors stay friendly.  So how does it work?