Types of Animal Enclosures

Animal enclosures are diverse in size, shape, function and materials. They serve as an important tool in our society today, as they are used in science, government, education and private sectors.

Different materials are used in construction, including steel, wood, plastic, fabric and others. For example, steel enclosures are used to contain large, aggressive animals that might escape and do harm to other animals or humans. For small animals such as rodents, small plastic containers can be used for safe containment.

Basically, animal enclosures can be used for capturing or containing almost any animal of the 6 animal types in the world - invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.


The role of an animal lab-technologist involves multiple tasks in research that provide quality to the life of lab animals. Their tasks include testing, experiments, research, etc., as well as remedial duties such as cleaning cages, transporting, and feeding. Animal enclosures used in research vary greatly in design, as there are many aspects of scientific research that must be considered. Providing the correct type of cage environment is essential for various species to exhibit their natural behavior.

Capture & Release Cages

Capture cages are used to solve a problem with an animal that has become a nuisance or threat. Trapping an animal with a capture cage is used as a last resort when barriers, diversions and scare tactics have continually failed. Trapping is an appropriate solution when an animal on your property is creating an emergency situation that compels a home owner to safely remove the live animal.

Buildings & Large Control Structures

Larger anmimal enclosures can consist of city government installations and privately owned business in a commercial building or private residence.

Animal Laws

Caution needs to be taken when capturing an animal. Be aware that when setting up a capture cage, it may be considered poaching for certain species. Britannica defines poaching as the illegal shooting, trapping, or taking of game, fish, or plants from private property or from a place where such practices are specially reserved or forbidden. Aside from illegally killing an animal, another example of poaching is the taking of eggs from the nest of an endangered or protected animal, such as the loggerhead turtle. Before setting up a live trap, become familiar with your state laws regarding how to comply with trapping and transporting wildlife. Be mindful of following safe procedures in order to trap an animal humanely. If there are any doubts, consider hiring a professional by contacting your local Regional Wildlife Office for animal damage control agents in your area. Improper use may result in stress and physical damage during capture and exposure to extreme weather and lack of water. Injuries, trauma and disorientation can lead to the death of an animal.

Modern traps fall into two main categories - kill traps and live traps.


The animal enclosures on this page are strictly for safely containing pets and domestic farm animals. Several high quality animal cages and animal enclosures are available under various brand names. Choose a model directly below, or shop for special cages designed for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other small pets.

Pet Playpen


8 Panels


Click image above ↑

Chicken Cage Coop




Click image above ↑

Wooden Chicken Coop




Click image above ↑

Outdoor Run for Chicken Coops




Click image above ↑

Back to top »

Helpful Links:

Follow Us


Farming Outpost Privacy|Terms|Sitemap