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Individual Methods for Feeding Methods - Practices
Whole Plant Food Items

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 Plant Food Items

Method Lettuce, carrot, apple, pear, etc., halved melon, cabbage. Standard zoo practice is to chop up fruit and vegetables prior to feeding, though this is not really necessary for most animals.
Species Primates, Parrots, Cassowary, Capybara, most Hoof-Stock.
Purpose Provide food as it would occur in the wild, requiring the animal to cope with outer coatings and learn which bits are good to eat.
Pro Saves huge amount of food preparation time, and keeps animals occupied for longer periods dealing with ‘naturally wrapped’ foods.
Con --
Improvements --
Comments Some zoo animals will not eat whole fruits with waxy coatings unless the peel has been partially removed.
Frequency of Use Daily (not every food item).
Ratings Usefulness 10/10/10
Convenience 10/10/10
Value For Money 10/10/10
Range of Users 7/10/8
Contributed By Primate Section / Bird Section / Hoof-Stock Section

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