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Zoo Animal Enclosure heating

SunSwitch BaskZone® heaters, together with our range of controls and sensors, provide a complete basking zone solution for zoo animals as well as those kept as pets.

lizard in a zoo animal enclosure

When we keep animals in captivity, recreating the environmental conditions of their indigenous habitats is vital for their survival and good health. This includes maintaining appropriate levels of temperature, humidity and light appropriate to the species, wherever they may have come from. In the natural world nearly all animals like to bask—some in full sun—and some in the filtered light of trees, vegetation or rocky outcrops.

In most enclosures, warmth is a key component of basking zones, and a combination of UV, bright white light and shortwave infrared heat will provide an ideal basking zone. Animals will thermo-regulate, moving away from the basking zone to be cooler, and into it to be warmer.

The sun warms the earth with short wavelength infrared. The longer wavelengths are filtered out by the earth’s atmosphere. It is the highly effective shortwave infrared heaters from SunSwitch BaskZone® together with our range of controls that will provide an ideal heat source for basking zones.

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