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Welfare Resources and Animal Enrichment

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Wild Welfare’s animal welfare and husbandry resources help provide guidance and advice on good animal welfare in captivity. Key to our work in improving wild animal welfare legislation is the creation of legal advisory documents that help inform animal welfare governance and zoo licensing advancements.

There is a lack of available literature on animal care and welfare for the facilities that need it most. While there are a number of publicly available species-specific guidelines on animal welfare standards, these are often of limited use due to language barriers, online access, cost or cultural implications of practice.

We provide accessible educational materials for the animal care staff we are working with, enabling ongoing access to information on basic animal care practices and species-specific needs, so they can utilise this learning in their day-to-day work, an example is our species-specific Care for Us guides.

Wild Welfare’s animal welfare and husbandry e-learning programme is a simple but detailed document specifically designed for staff looking after captive wild animals. It is designed to change the long-term behaviours and attitudes of those directly caring for zoo animals and contributing to improved animal welfare.

Wild Welfare provides species-specific enrichment guides that are used in our training workshops and on an ongoing basis by the zoos we are working with, to help them improve their captive animal welfare practices. Available in multiple languages, the enrichment guides help improve zoo keeper understanding of individual species needs and behaviours within zoos all over the world.

We carry out practical enrichment workshops when supporting zoos to improve their animal care techniques and give recommendations for how zoos can adapt and update animal habitats to provide adequate environmental enrichment, which gives animals challenges, opportunities and stimulation specific to their species’ needs.

Learn More on our Enrichment and Animal Welfare page.