Individual Methods for Feeding
Methods - Practices
Whole Mammalian Carcass Feeds
The practices outlined in this section relate
to methods of food presentation that do not require the use of special materials or
devices. Scatter feeds, use of specific locations, and methods of ensuring that specific
animals receive required medications and dietary supplements are dealt with.
||Whole carcass (including fur) of
rodents, rabbits, portions of goat, horse, pig, etc. with bones and skin. Intestines
should be removed before feeding, unless the carcass is extremely fresh.
||To provide for behavioural needs,
and both oral and general health. A carcass in itself is a food puzzle, as the animal must
figure out the best way to unwrap it, get the unwanted bits out of the way, and eat the
||Natural foods, which promote the
performance of natural feeding techniques. (See Law et al 1997).
||The public may complain if they
can see a pet rabbit or similar animal being eaten, but with educational signs
can be made to understand that carnivores eat other animals.
||Intestines must be removed from
carcasses being frozen for storage, as bacteria continue to multiply in the guts after the
outer surface has frozen. Dietary supplements can be given rubbed into the carcass.
Bonemeal is not used at Edinburgh Zoo, due to the risk of BSE contamination. In group fed
animals, dominants will select parts such as liver, leading to Ketosis from Vitamin A
overdose in the long term.
||Once or Twice per Week.
|Value For Money
|Range of Users