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Zoo mesh is a type of enclosure made from various materials that houses animals in zoos. It's primarily designed for public display and consists of various kinds including stainless steel rope mesh, weld mesh, crimped wire mesh, chain link mesh, and hexagonal wire mesh.

types of zoo mesh

  • Stainless steel rope mesh is one of the popular types, built using high-quality stainless steel ropes, and supported by sturdy structures. It's versatile and can be pieced together according to the required dimensions.
  • Weld mesh, particularly made from stainless steel, is another type known for its flexibility and customization according to the required size. It's commonly used in zoos as well as commercial buildings.
  • Chain link mesh offers a versatile design, allowing customization based on the desired size.
  • hexagonal wire mesh, on the other hand, is typically used for bird enclosures, catering specifically to birds of the size of chickens.
  • crimped wire mesh is a woven mesh crafted from high-quality stainless steel or galvanized wire, providing a robust enclosure for zoo animals.

Among these, stainless steel rope zoo mesh, also referred to as stainless steel animal cable mesh, is made from high-quality stainless steel wire rope. Known for its high tensile strength, UV resistance, durability in harsh environments, and resistance to rust and corrosion, it is a preferred choice among many clients.

Different types of stainless steel rope zoo mesh include:

  1. Stainless Steel Ferrule Rope Zoo Mesh: This type shares the same physical properties as the knotted mesh. The difference lies in the combination style. Here, the stainless wire rope is combined with ferrules, which are composed of the same grade stainless steel.
  2. Stainless Steel Knotted Rope Mesh: This mesh features a plain weave. Each vertical (warp) wire rope alternately weaves over and under each horizontal (weft) wire rope. Typically, both warp and weft wire ropes have the same diameter.

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Ferrule rope mesh

Inter-woven knotted cable mesh

The cost of zoo mesh varies from $7 to $100 per square meter or $0.68 to $9.3 per square foot, and it is influenced by several factors:

  1. Aperture Size of the Mesh: Given the same wire diameter, a larger mesh aperture wire rope is typically less expensive than one with a smaller mesh aperture. For instance, a wire diameter of 1.20mm with a mesh aperture of 50mmx50mm will cost more than a 1.20mm wire diameter with a 60mmx60mm mesh aperture, regardless of whether it's a Ferrule Mesh or knotted inter-woven wire rope mesh.

  2. Wire Diameter Size: Assuming a constant mesh aperture, a smaller mesh opening will cost more than a larger one. For example, with a mesh aperture of 50mmx50mm, a stainless steel cable mesh with a 1.20mm diameter will be cheaper than one with a 1.50mm diameter.

  3. Types of Weaving: When wire gauge and mesh aperture are identical, a Stainless Steel Knotted Rope Mesh (or inter-woven wire rope mesh) is pricier than a ferrule type rope mesh. This is because the knotted mesh is manually woven, primarily by women, while a significant portion of the ferrule rope mesh is machine-manufactured.

  4. Surface Treatment: Zoo meshes with a Black Oxide or vinyl coating cost more than those without coating but with the same mesh aperture, wire diameter, and weaving types. The original stainless steel rope mesh is the cheapest option in terms of surface treatment.

  5. Materials: When all other conditions are the same, mesh made from 316 material is pricier than one made from 304 material.

Stainless Steel Rope Mesh


Primary Without Treatment

Black Oxide Treatment

Vinyl Coated


Name Hand-woven Stainless steel wire rope mesh
Other Names Stainless steel cable net, stainless steel rope net, steel wire rope net, zoo mesh, manual stainless steel net
Mesh Material Stainless steel 304 / 316
Wire and Cable Diameter 3.18mm (1 / 8 ″), 3.0mm, 3 / 32 ″ (2.4mm), 1 / 16 ″ (1.6mm), 1.5mm, 3 / 64 ″ (1.2mm)
Steel Wire Rope Structure 1 / 8 "and 3.0mm – 7 × 19; All others – 7 × 7
Mesh Size 12.7mm x 12.7mm (1 / 2 "x 1 / 2"), 4 / 5 "x 4 / 5" (20mm x 20mm), 1 "x 1" (25mm x 25mm), 30mm x 30mm, 1-1 / 2 "x 1-1 / 2" (38mm x 38mm), 40mm x 40mm, 2 "x 2" (51mm x 51mm), 60mm x 60mm, 3 "x 3" (76mm x 76mm), 80mm x 80mm, 90mm x 90mm, 4 "x 120mm and 102mm
Mesh Color Natural / Meshk / Bronze
Craft Hand-made and interwoven
Uses Zoo net, animal fence net, animal containment net, fence net, bird net, sports net, climbing net, etc.

Stainless Steel Wire Rope Zoo Mesh is a revolutionary product that greatly enhances the safety and aesthetic appeal of zoos. This mesh, used as animal enclosures, has dramatically transformed traditional cages, paving the way for a more harmonious coexistence between humans and animals. Stainless steel zoo mesh not only offers a safe and comfortable environment for animals but also ensures visitor safety, while minimizing the risk of injury to animals.


  • One of the key features of stainless steel zoo mesh is its exceptional visibility. It eliminates the typical visual hindrances posed by conventional fences, offering visitors a more comprehensive view of the animals from various angles.
  • A notable aspect is the high-strength attribute of the stainless steel cable mesh. This quality makes it resilient to heavy impacts, even from larger and stronger animals such as tigers, lions, bears, and leopards. This ensures a secure environment for visitors, allowing them to safely interact with the animals without fear of injury.
  • Furthermore, the stainless steel zoo fence is renowned for its robust elasticity and flexibility, which provides a cushioning effect to protect the animals from harm.

For specification purposes, the Stainless steel rope mesh, when used as zoo rope mesh, adopts the ferruled Mesh model. This model is designed to be stretched to form a 60° angle at both the diamond's apex and base.

In this context:

  • "OW" represents the Opening Width
  • "OH" denotes the Opening Height
  • "d" is the Cable Diameter.


Cable Diameter Mesh Opening Size Nominal Break
1/8 inch 2x2 inch 1600 lbs
3/32 inch 3x3 inch 920 lbs
3/32 inch 2x2 inch 920 lbs
5/64 inch 2x2 inch 676 lbs
5/64 inch 1-1/2x1-1/2 inch 676 lbs
1/16 inch 1-1/2x1-1/2 inch 480 lbs
1/16 inch 1x1 inch 480 lbs
3/64 inch 1-1/2x1-1/2 inch 270 lbs
3/64 inch 1x1 inch 270 lbs

welded wire mesh

Zoo mesh crafted from stainless steel welding is made from superior quality materials like stainless steel 316, SS316L, and SS304L. These materials are welded together using high-quality, low-carbon steel wire which originates from superior hot-rolled wire. The main processes involved in its creation include pickling, galvanizing, and cold drawing, resulting in a mesh surface that's notably bright.

Electro-galvanized wire mesh typically features a zinc layer of 15g/m2, with welded joints that provide solid anti-corrosion and anti-oxidation attributes. Boasting high tensile strength and surface treatment, this mesh is resistant to both acids and alkalis.

Its most common applications span a variety of industries, including external wall insulation systems, concrete pouring, poultry farming, petroleum, chemicals, industrial, construction, tourism, mining, machinery, and export. In particular, the welded mesh aviary panels are widely utilized in various zoo projects, most notably in bird cage construction.

Specifications welded wire mesh

Opening (inch) Opening (mm) Wire Diameter (SWG)
1/4" x 1/4" 6.4mm x 6.4mm 22, 23, 24
3/8" x 3/8" 10.6mm x 10.6mm 19, 20, 21, 22
1/2" x 1/2" 12.7mm x 12.7mm 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
5/8" x 5/8" 16mm x 16mm 18, 19, 20, 21
3/4" x 3/4" 19.1mm x 19.1mm 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
1" x 1/2" 25.4mm x 12.7mm 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
1-1/2" x 1-1/2" 38mm x 38mm 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
1" x 2" 25.4mm x 50.8mm 14, 15, 16
2" x 2" 50.8mm x 50.8mm 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

hexagonal wire mesh

Hexagonal zoo wire mesh, also known as chicken zoo wire mesh, is a type of fencing made from thin wires that can be either galvanized steel or PVC-covered. It's designed with hexagonal holes, similar to the shape of a honeycomb. This kind of fencing is often used in zoos for small birds such as peacocks, lovebirds, cockatiels, budgies, and tiny parakeets.

You can find our chicken zoo wire mesh in different sizes. The holes can be 1 inch, 2 inches, or 3/4 inch wide. The wire itself can range from 16 gauge (which is thicker) to 27 gauge (which is thinner). One of the advantages of this type of fencing is that you can stretch it a bit to fit your specific needs.


Mesh Size Wire Diameter Range Width Range Length Range
3/8" 0.42mm - 0.50mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
1/2" 0.38mm - 0.80mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
5/8" 0.38mm - 1.0mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
3/4" 0.38mm - 1.2mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
1" 0.38mm - 1.2mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
5/4" 0.55mm - 1.2mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
3/2" 0.55mm - 1.4mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
2" 0.55mm - 1.5mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
3" 0.65mm - 1.5mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m
4" 1.2mm - 2.0mm 0.5m - 1.8m 25m, 30m

How to Building a Hexagonal Zoo Wire Mesh

  • For creating a backyard poultry residence, you need a hexagonal zoo wire mesh of 5 to 10 meters. The mesh should have 3/4" openings, a wire gauge of 24, and a height of 2 meters. The openings should be 10 mm wide.
  • To craft a kitchen cabinet, you will need a chicken wire mesh of size 3 ft × 4 ft. It should have a 20 mm mesh opening, a wire gauge of 19, and a height of 2 meters.
  • For raising chickens, you need a 1.5" mesh opening with a wire gauge of 11. The mesh should be 4 meters wide and 25 meters long.
  • To build a chicken room, you should use a galvanized chicken wire with 1/2 inch openings. It should be 25 gauge, 2 meters wide, and 15 meters long.
  • A light-duty chicken wire mesh is recommended for general use. It should have a 1" mesh opening, a wire gauge of 19, and a height of 2 meters.
  • If you're aiming to keep moles from digging into your garden, consider mesh with holes smaller than 1 inch in diameter. You'll need two rolls, each measuring 36 inches by 50 ft.
  • Finally, for an aviary, you require a 1/2 inch hexagonal wire mesh. This mesh is perfect for protecting your birds while giving them ample space to move.

chain link fence For Zoo Mesh

Chain link zoo mesh is a fencing material that's crafted from steel wires, either galvanized or PVC-coated for enhanced resistance against rust and corrosion. These wires are vertically arranged and woven in a zig-zag pattern, forming diamond-shaped openings.

Features chain link fence zoo mesh

Thanks to its durability, affordability, low maintenance, and security, the chain link fence is a crucial element in zoo wire mesh. It is manufactured using heavy steel wire, which makes it as sturdy as a welded mesh panel or steel rope mesh. Besides forming enclosures for animals like tigers, leopards, and lions, chain link wire mesh is increasingly used for security fencing in residential areas, commercial properties, and prisons.

The chain link bird cage wire is as popular as zoo mesh because of several reasons. Firstly, its low cost makes it an attractive alternative to more expensive fencing options like steel rope or welded panel fencing. This cost-effectiveness is especially noticeable when a large quantity of fencing is needed.

Secondly, its durability is exceptional, thanks to the thick zinc or PVC coating that offers superior protection against weather conditions like rain, snow, and frost. Thirdly, its smooth surface provides a safe environment for both animals and visitors, minimizing the risk of injuries. Lastly, the chain link bird cage wire is easy to install and quick to set up, leading to shorter project timelines.

To give you an idea of the specifications for chain link bird cage wire:

  • Fence Height: Available in a variety of heights such as 5ft, 6ft, 8ft, etc. (or in metric units like 1.5m, 1.8m, 2.0m, 2.4m, etc.)
  • Fence Length: Options include 9m, 12m, 15m, 20m, and 30m.
  • Wire Thickness: The wire used can be of varying thicknesses, such as 2.5mm, 3.0mm, 3.15mm, 3.5mm, or 4.0mm.
  • Opening Size: The diamond-shaped openings in the mesh can be of different sizes, like 25x25mm, 50x50mm, 75x75mm, or 80x80mm.

Stainless Steel crimped wire mesh for Zoo 

Our Stainless Steel Crimped Wire Mesh is an excellent choice for zoo enclosures, thanks to its robust and resilient qualities. Crafted from high-grade stainless steel wire, it comes in various types, such as 201, 301, 302, 304, 304L, 316, and 316L.

The finished product stands out with a series of exceptional features. It's heat-resistant, acid-resistant, alkali-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and wear-resistant, ensuring a long-lasting solution for your zoo enclosure needs. Furthermore, the structure is wide-ranging, providing adaptability to different zoo setups.

The weaving process of our stainless steel crimped wire mesh is unique, involving a preliminary rolling before weaving, bidirectional bending, bidirectional wave separation bending, and unidirectional bending.


Wire Diameter (mm) Aperture (mm) Mesh Length (M) Weight (Kg)
4.00 40 0.58 30 142
4.00 30 0.75 30 182
4.00 25 0.87 30 213
3.2 25 0.87 30 141
3.2 20 1.1 30 169
2.6 20 1.12 30 116
2.6 18 1.23 30 127
2.6 15 1.44 30 173
2.0 15 1.49 30 92
2.0 12 1.8 30 110
2.0 10 2.12 30 127
2.0 8 2.54 30 155
1.8 7 3 30 149


Zoo mesh is a critical part of animal enclosure systems used in zoos and animal parks. Different types of zoo mesh include stainless steel rope mesh, weld mesh, crimped wire mesh, chain link mesh, and hexagonal wire mesh, each offering unique benefits. The cost of the mesh varies based on factors like aperture size, wire diameter, weaving type, surface treatment, and material used. Stainless steel rope mesh, in particular, is favored for its high tensile strength, UV resistance, and durability in harsh environments. Hexagonal wire mesh is often used for bird enclosures. Chain link mesh offers versatility, and welded wire mesh, crafted from high-quality materials, is known for its robustness. The type of mesh used depends on the animals housed, environmental conditions, and the budget allocated.




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