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Dinner, animal style: how zookeepers prepare and present food for animals, based on nutritional science

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Have you ever wondered how zookeepers prepare and present food to the diverse animals in their care? This exclusive online event will explain how our dedicated keepers support our veterinary and nutrition teams by carefully preparing and presenting food to our animals.

Through behind-the-scenes video footage and commentary by our amazing keepers, you’ll learn all about the daily food preparation processes, based specifically on what is required for the health of each particular animal.

We’ll also explain the concept of enrichment, and how different techniques of food preparation and presentation give our animals a rich feeding experience that enhances their welfare. Enrichment using food includes everything from encouraging natural foraging behaviors to training animals to eat in a way that helps us keep them healthy. We’ll also let you know how you can apply these techniques at home when providing food and enrichment for your pets.

Finally, our vets will showcase how we make sure our animals are getting all the nutrients they need from their diets by looking at things like at morphometrics (that’s ‘measuring size and shape’ to you and me), blood chemistry and urine analysis.

Have questions for our knowledgeable staff? An exclusive Q&A session at the end of the presentation will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating scientific process.


August 27, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm



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