Registered Charity Number 1165941

Partner For Animals: Wild Welfare’s Partnership Programme

  • Veterinary Training
  • Group of zoo staff at Chiang Mai zoo
    Animal partnership team
  • Zoo staff trainers animal carers in a zoo
    Animal welfare training

Project Info

Project Description

Wild Welfare recognises that zoos, aquariums and sanctuaries can play an integral role in all our lives, with the power to shape the way we feel and care for animals, while influencing change in attitudes and action towards the protection of our planet’s biodiversity. However not all zoos are equal, and Wild Welfare’s Partner for Animals programme aims to partner experienced zoo staff from some of the world’s leading zoos, with zoos around the world that are looking for support to help them improve their animal care and welfare practices.

The programme establishes a positive partnership between Wild Welfare and the zoos, where together all parties plan and then carry out the necessary actions to raise animal welfare standards. Partnering zoos will strengthen the skills, competencies & abilities of people & communities, creating unique & practical relationships that transverse cultural & language barriers, supporting active partnerships that encourage immediate & long-term welfare improvements.

Practical, hands-on teamwork is key to this programme. Wild Welfare positions zoo keeping staff from leading zoos with overseas zoos and their teams and together they carry out species-specific animal welfare improvements, in areas such as veterinary, environment, enrichment and nutrition. They provide animal behaviour and welfare training and help the partner zoo grow its own knowledge and abilities, so a deeper understanding of key animal care and welfare practices develops and staff feel empowered to ensure their animals receive good welfare and live enriched lives.

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