Nutrition + Environmental Enrichment = Animal Well-Being


Diaz ML, Zabala R. 2001. Nutrition + Environmental Enrichment = Animal Well-Being. In Edwards M, Lisi KJ, Schlegel ML, Bray RE, Eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Lake Buena Vista, FL.


The nutritional management of different species requires modifications in the shape and presentation of the diet, not only due to the idiosyncrasy of the animal but also due to the natural way to obtain the food. When possible, captive animals should be fed natural diets; however availability and cost make it very difficult for a wild diet to be duplicated in captivity. In some cases, the natural diet may not even be documented.

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