Zookeepers are excellent in creating innovative and simple solutions to daily challenges in zoo life. Because many zoos have limited (financial) resources, zookeepers need to find ways to make alternatives to make their work easier. In this series, I will share these brilliant hacks, often very simple solution so that you can use them at your facility as well. In the second part of this series, we check out a solution to easy weigh primates, use leftovers to make enrichment treats, a genius solution to check feet condition, and more!Read More...
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Zookeepers are excellent in creating innovative and simple solutions to daily challenges in zoo life. Because many zoos have limited (financial) resources, zookeepers need to find ways to make alternatives to make their work easier. In this series, I will share these brilliant hacks, often very simple solution so that you can use them at your facility as well. In the first part of the series, we look at several hacks to prevent freezing locks and kinking in aquarium hoses, spy on bird boxes and feed administration for a large group of animals.Read More...
Animals have a natural need for novelty and variation. They have a certain behavioural need to explore their environment and the need for challenges in their lives. However, animals will habituate to novelty when there is no or little variation in it. Eventually, they know how it works, what there will come, and what to expect from the environment and routine. We often talked already about the need for variation in enrichment programs and the need for many different enrichment devices. But variety also needs to be created with the implementation. At home, with your own pet animal, you know exactly what you gave your animal on enrichment. But even then it can be wise to track your enrichment effort. However, when you care for animals in zoos or other facilities with multiple animals, mostly with more caretakers then only yourself, it is crucial to track the enrichment given to ensure a level of variation and record the progress of the enrichment program. So, let's have a dive into 6 calendar strategies to ensure enrichment variation.Read More...
It is best practice in zoos to keep animals in their natural social groups as far as possible. Social groups stimulate many important behaviours for good animal welfare. But it is not always possible to keep the complete natural social structure of groups of animals in captivity, due to lack of space or availability of animals. Social enrichment is an exciting way to stimulate these social behaviours, especially when social structures are not the same as their wild conspecifics. Social enrichment is often an underused category of the enrichment repertoire, as seen in the study of Hoy, Murray and Tribe, 2010. Nevertheless, it is valued as very important in the same survey. So let's have a closer look at social enrichment and enriching social groups of animals.Read More...
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