12 March 2013
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Wildlife Institute of India visits Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo was recently visited by a group of Trainee Officers from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). The purpose of the visit was to experience a real life example of good husbandry, veterinary care and animal housing in zoos. Johannesburg Zoo is renowned for high animal husbandry and welfare standards. It is accredited by African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZAB) and it is a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA). The Zoo is visited by conservation bodies regularly to explore best practices and share innovations and trends on a global level.

The visit commenced with a brief history of the Zoo, the animal collection and how the Zoo is managed. The Amphibian Conservation site was the next stop. Ian Visser, Curator of Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles provided insights on the project and husbandry guidelines. The Amphibian Project is one of the Zoo�s flagship Conservation Projects. The Zoo Kitchen was inspected and our guests were shown how and where the animal diets are prepared. The cold room and the Lucerne-shed were also included. The delegation was impressed by the diet sheets, and at how meticulously food was prepared. The zoo�s hospital and a few patients were visited. Dr Katja Koeppel a Senior Veterinarian, spoke on the important role of veterinary care at the Zoo. Animal enclosures, including the night rooms were visited. The guests were impressed by the tidy and spacious enclosures. They examined animal records and diet sheets.

The visitors were delighted on the high-standards at the Johannesburg Zoo and Dr Pradeep Malik, Head of Department of the Wildlife Health Management at the Wildlife Institute of India commended the Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo on its processes and for taking the time to share best practices.

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