Animal welfare is a top priority for all good zoos. When referring to animal welfare we are talking about that animal's physical and psychological well being and overall quality of life.
The 'five freedoms' outline the very basic needs of animals and when followed offer adequate levels of welfare. These are as follows:
1. Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition.
2. Freedom from pain, injury and disease.
3.Freedom from discomfort.
4.Freedom from fear and distress.
5.Freedom to express natural behaviours.
These five freedoms are good as a starting point, but we aim to look beyond and exceed these to provide excellent levels of welfare to all of our individual animals.
From designing enclosures, care and monitoring of ill animals, and diet planning.
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