Commissary standards and assessment


Henry BA. 2011. Commissary standards and assessment. In Ward A, Coslik A, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Ninth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Kansas City, MO.


The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (CZBG) developed the “standards and assessment program” (S&A) as a coaching tool to assist the curatorial staff and supervisory keepers in animal operations at the zoo. This program tailors each section to meet the needs of that animal area following the standards set up by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Association of Zoo and Aquariums accreditation standards. The S&A will ensure that the supervisory staff is knowledgeable regarding all standards and that this knowledge can be transferred through the proper operations of their facility. The S&A was intended to provide staff with an assessment of how the area is performing in reference to set operating standards, recognition for maintaining high standards for the animal collection, and feedback to improve operating standards.

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