Associations of Zoos & Aquarium’s animal care manuals: What is the nutrition advisory group’s role?

Citation

Henry B, Ward A, Maslanka M. 2009. Associations of Zoos & Aquarium’s animal care manuals: What is the nutrition advisory group’s role?. In Ward A, Treiber K, Schmidt D, Coslik A, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Tulsa, OK.

Abstract

The Species Survival Plan ® (SSP) or Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) is responsible for creating and updating information on their prospective species. It is important to assemble this information in a systematic and consistent manner. In 2005, the Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA) created standardized guidelines. Considering the exact nutrient requirements of many exotic animals held in captivity are not known, AZA changed their approach, generating animal care manuals which provide guidelines to be updated as information becomes available. AZA produced a template to follow for nutrition chapters with the Nutrition Advisory Group’s (NAG) assistance. It is the role of NAG members to participate in the development of these manuals, incorporating the science of nutrition into the daily care of AZA collections.

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