Brief description: Chimpanzees can drink from straws as well as try and get bits of fruit or other food out of the water.
Materials: Plastic buckets of various sizes with plastic “straws.” Can also use recycled containers such as milk jugs if buckets are unavailable.
Assembly instructions: Plastic tubing can be cut in a variety of lengths (usually over 12 inches) to create the straws.
How to use: There is very little preparation time for these. Fill the buckets about half full of water or a diluted liquid such as fruit juice or tea and add a “straw” to each bucket. For a little extra, you can put small pieces of fruit in the drink. Place buckets outside of caging and provide the primates with the straws.
Price: If using recycled items such as milk jugs, the “buckets” can be free. Purchasing children’s sand pails from the dollar store is a very reasonable option as well. Plastic Tubing can be purchased online or at the local hardware store.