Which way forward for European zoo nutrition?


Nijboer J, Fidgett A, Hatt JM. 1999. Which way forward for European zoo nutrition?. In Proceedings of the Third Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Columbus, OH.


There are approximately 1000 zoos in Europe ranging from large, extensive zoos to smaller private collections. Of these, 256 are members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquarium (EAZA). EAZA is involved in all aspects of maintaining animals in captivity in zoos and aquarium, including the conservation of threatened species. Just as AZA has established Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding programmes, the EAZA established the European Endangered Species Program (EEP) which co-ordinates and stimulates endeavours promoting conservation. A subdivision within the EEP, the Research Working Group, has in recent years attempted to raise the profile of zoo nutrition and nutrition-related research without much success.

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