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RZSS Education

Zoo Animal Care

Availability: Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park

Length of lesson: 1 hour 50 minutes

Maximum Class Size: 33



This topic includes a lecture discussing animal husbandry, nutrition, record keeping, transport, training and enrichment. It is followed by a tour which highlights the methods of enclosure design, and gives the students a chance to apply the principles from the lecture. This topic links well with college courses on animal management.

Session Outline:

In this session students will become aware of the five freedoms and how we apply them in a zoo setting to promote positive animal welfare, identify aspects of enclosure design in relation to key stakeholders (animals, keepers, visitors), discuss feeding behaviours and nutrient requirements for various zoo species, understand the importance of ID’ing animals and record keeping, gain an insight into training and enrichment techniques used in a zoo setting and become aware of zoo organisations and breeding programme management levels.


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