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Beyond enrichment: modern zoo animal feeding, with guest speaker Marcus Clauss
Historically, the focus of zoo animal nutrition changed from the prevention of acute nutrient deficiencies to the support of a long life of high welfare. In the face of today’s challenges, debates about the ‘naturalness’ or ‘articificality’ of certain diets appear outdated witnesses of a time when food preparation, rather than diet presenting, was considered a main task of zoo keepers. This historical change needs to be accompanied by new definitions of feeding regimes that do not require additional enrichment, but that are designed in such a way that they fulfil the role formerly assigned to enrichment activities.

Jul 21, 2021 11:00 AM in Amsterdam

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